Via an email;
Fuelling Manchester are inviting people and organisations to get involved in the creation of a Greater Manchester Community Energy Strategy.
Jonathan Atkinson, one of the founders of Carbon Co-op and the Fuelling Manchester network, recently visited Bristol (writing this blog post) concluding one of the success factors in establishing a thriving Community Energy sector in Bristol has been the Bristol Energy Network (similar to Fuelling Manchester) and their recently published Bristol Community Energy Strategy.
Fuelling Manchester would like to replicate that here and believe a strategy would provide confidence, an identity and a vision for the sector, as well as helping to strengthen arguments to funders, policy makers and the general public.
As a Community Energy network, Fuelling Manchester want the people involved in activity on the ground to help write a strong definition for what ‘Community Energy’ encompasses, ensuring the wider social, environmental and economic benefits are locked in from the start.
Before the end of 2013, they’ll be consulting on a definition for community energy, in the first quarter of 2014 they’ll be seeking to get people along to an event to help write the strategy.
If you’re interested in getting involved, they’re looking for individuals and organisations from community energy projects (in development, new or established) or a voluntary sector organisation delivering energy projects, please email Fuelling Manchester via email@example.com
…linked to this we have the next Fuelling Manchester coming up:
Winter social; 19th December Trackside Bury
We’ll be celebrating another eventful year in community energy at the next Fuelling Manchester:
5.30-8.30pm, Thursday 19th December
Trackside Bar, Bolton Street Station Bolton St, Bury BL9 0EY
As always there will be no agenda it’s simply an opportunity to meet like minded people involved in the Community Energy sector.
Who: for anyone involved in community renewable projects, including: hydro co-operatives; bio-mass and woodland management enterprises; retrofit and energy efficiency projects and solar energy collectives. Past attendees include Torrs Hydro, Biomass Energy Co-operative, Greater Manchester Tree Station, MERCi,Saddleworth Hydro, Stockport Hydro, CoRE, Co-operative Enterprise Hub and many more!
To book: there’s no formal need to book but it helps us know who is coming and how large a table to reserve, so if you are coming let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us @carboncoop