Exploring the future of Community Energy in the UK
Dr. Carly McLachlan, Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester and Andrew Hunt, Oldham Council
Community energy was once the darling of UK Energy Policy, with its very own Department of Energy and Climate Change strategy aimed at harnessing its contribution to our energy system as well as the wider social, economic and environmental benefits it was argued to offer. Despite changes to the Feed-In Tariff and tax relief for investors, dust gathering on that 2014 strategy, and continued challenges around gaining access to the electricity network and planning permission – the sector continues to innovate to try and make their vision of community energy a reality. But what role will community energy play in the future energy system of the UK? In this seminar, a discussion of the current state of the sector and its evolution, the challenges in delivering projects and options for future innovation will be presented by Carly McLachlan (Tyndall Manchester) and Andrew Hunt (Oldham Council).
Carly McLachlan is the Director of Tyndall Manchester and is currently leading a UK Energy Research Centre funded project on Community Energy Finance.
Andrew Hunt works in Oldham Council’s Strategy, Partnerships & Policy team shaping the both the Council’s and Greater Manchester’s approach to co-operative energy. In his job he supports Oldham Community Power, the local energy co-op. Outside of work, Andrew is a Director of both Bury Community Hydro and Greater Manchester Community Renewables.
The seminar will take place in room C21, in the Pariser Building on Sackville Street– number 12 on the map here http://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/maps/interactive-map/?id=9
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