LCCN Newsletter – Issue 85

Welcome to the 85th LCCN newsletter! These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you’re doing. We’re keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at: www.lowcarboncommunities.net

Guardian does wind (not entirely well…)
A series of articles in the Guardian (paper and on-line) suggest that the government and energy industry have quietly shelved plans for windfarms equivalent to four large traditional coal and nuclear power stations. They do point out just how far the subsidies are biased toward fossil fuels at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/feb/27/wind-power-subsidy-fossil-fuels?CMP=twt_gu
But they still talk about “growing public and political anger over the cost and sight of the turbines”. In fact all the opinion polls show pretty static and low levels of opposition to wind. Just because 100 MPs witter about it doesn‘t mean there’s overwhelming public concern.


Solar grows 41 times!
It’s official – as suggested here a while ago, there is now over 1GW of installed solar capacity in the UK. It may actually have happened last Wednesday…
Remember that in 2010 one of the industry commentators suggested that we might get to 0.5 GW by 2014…..
Remember also that the nuclear station at Oldbury (due to close anytime now) generated 0.6GW in its heyday…

No news because everyone is too busy?
Local energy news seems to have been quieter over the last two weeks. Is this because everyone is so busy trying to deliver LEAF funded projects? Let us know how yours is going and we’ll link to it.
Meanwhile LCCN and other CCAA networks are working with DECC and EST on how the LEAF programme will be evaluated. Watch this space for more.



Climate Week

Only 2 weeks to go until Climate Week! – 12 to 18 March 2012
With over 1,200 events registered to take place during Climate Week 2012, it is set to be another supercharged occasion. Climate Week aims to showcase and celebrate the efforts people across the UK are making to live more sustainably and drive forward a greener Britain. Whatever you are doing during Climate Week make sure you register it on our website and support your peers across the country in building a social movement. Whether you have a transition town meeting lined up or holding a special event or activity, we want to highlight your commitment during Climate Week.
Last year over 1,000 pieces of media coverage depicted projects and activities across the country that are driving forward the green. Our events map is the go to resource for people looking to see what’s going on across the country. We invite you to use this public platform to promote your projects – feel free to include links to your website and make use of our promotional resources, such as posters and media resources.
Whatever you are doing during Climate Week make sure you register it on our website: http://www.climateweek.com/run-an-event/register-an-event/
To find out more about getting involved in Climate Week go to www.climateweek.com, email info@climateweek.com or telephone on 020 3397 2601.


Forum for the Future community energy programme

Following the launch of the Forum’s community energy document you can find much more about it at:www.forumforthefuture.org/project/discover-community-energy/overview

Visit a Green Home! (in Scotland)

Some of us in England may be involved in Green Doors schemes where local refurbed / green homes and buildings open to the public. Bristol have a very successful programme – next events is 16/17th March. Scotland has now taken a big leap forward with a national programme – congratulations and lets see how we can follow suit…
www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Generate-your-own-energy/Welcome-to-the-Green-Homes-Network



Community energy: taking stock, moving forwards?

The excellent Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy programme based at University of Sussex and UEA are holding a public event – a panel discussion with audience questions on this topic on Thursday 8th March 2012, 6pm-7.30pm, at  UEA-London, Middlesex Street, near Liverpool Street station, London.. Questions on how have recent developments in national energy policy affected community energy initiatives and have responses to these policy proposals galvanised and/or unsettled the community energy sector will be up for discussion. Speakers include  Chris Church (LCCN Chair),  Rebecca Willis, of the Co-operative Renewable Energy programme (also speaker at our conference) and  Rufus Ford, Policy Manager, Scottish and Southern Energy.
See you there?

Shrinking the footprint

One organisation that got LEAF money is the Church of England. Anyone interested in working with Christian communities who has not seen their website http://www.shrinkingthefootprint.cofe.anglican.org should catch up soonest. They have developed specific assessment schemes for faith buildings.
The diocese of Oxford is also active on this: http://www.earthingfaith.org/energy-pilot

And finally

http://grist.org/climate-change/climate-analysts-are-from-mars-climate-activists-are-from-venus-but-they-both-live-on-earth/



Do you want to be a featured group on the LCCN website?

We have started a new featured groups page on the LCCN website hereRURENER is the current group featured, check the page out if you want to find out more about them.
If you’d like to be featured on the website, send us some text now. This should be broadly structured like this:

  • Who we are
  • What we’re doing
  • How we involve our community
  • The results we’ve achieved

250 words max, and please include a photo and logo.

Please email your details to – hello@lowcarboncommunities.net


Building LCCN – your help needed
This newsletter now goes out weekly to more than 600 people and groups, but we’d like to get it to many more. You can help!
If you find the newsletter useful, why not forward it to other people you know, either in your group or within  your network. Let them know it comes out weekly, it’s free and all they have to do to get it is to join the network…by sending an email requesting a membership form to – membership@lowcarboncommunities.net
Or you can download the membership form by clicking here.


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Website: lowcarboncommunities.net                                                             28/02/2012

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