What is local supply all about? Is it a good idea? Should we be pushing for this model in the energy system, or is centralised public ownership a better option? What about peer to peer trading, and private wire arrangements? These are some of the...

Author: Emilia
Post date: November 20, 2018



mPOWER is a Horizon 2020 funded, peer-learning programme to assist municipalities in creating a fair, clean and democratic energy future. Cities of all sizes...

Author: laura
Post date: October 18, 2018

This is a guest blog from Rebecca Ince an academic researcher at the University of Birmingham. She has a long term interest in energy efficiency, retrofit and third...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: June 25, 2018

On 19th April 2018 in Birmingham, Community Energy England and Carbon Co-op hosted a full day of talks on the role that energy efficiency projects could play in community energy activities. Community energy practitioners from across England, expert...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: May 10, 2018

Though energy efficiency has always been seen as the 'ugly duckling' of the Community Energy sector, with groups often finding it easier to focus on renewable generation, changing government policy and the desire to find new viable business models has led...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: April 4, 2018
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On Monday 19th February 2018, The Mayor's Green Summit Listening Event on domestic housing...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 21, 2018

This is Carbon Co-op's response to BEIS' call for evidence on building a market for energy efficiency. It should be read concert with this...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: January 9, 2018


On 1st December 2017, Carbon Co-op co-hosted an event with Electricity North West titled, Shaping the Future of Your Energy Network. The event was aimed...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: December 7, 2017

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The energy transition is happening, what needs to be discussed now is what it looks like on the ground and what role Community Energy plays in it....

Author: Jonathan
Post date: December 1, 2017
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The car is a Volkswagen Golf GTE 2017 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)

Battery/Range 8.7 kWh (pure EV range ~30miiles) Battery weight 120kg Petrol engine 1.4L turbo Official...
Author: Dominic zapaman
Post date: July 5, 2017

This year's Community Energy Conference 2017 took place in Manchester and Carbon Co-op was out in force at the event, with a stall, a keynote speech, the launch our new...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: June 28, 2017

With April showers and glorious afternoon sunshine, we celebrated our community, learnt about justice issues and got involved with hands on workshops.

The atmosphere at Hulme Community Garden Centre was really something special. Images speak louder...

Author: Aneaka
Post date: May 26, 2017


Winter, and especially the months after Christmas feel like a good time to look back on the past year's progress and to look ahead. This year, Carbon Co-op Project Manager, Jonathan Atkinson, has...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 16, 2017

On Monday 13th February 2017, Cooler Projects organised an #OurManifesto Climate Change Workshop with Labour's Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate Andy Burnham. Below is our written response to the #OurManifesto call out.

Our highest priority...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: February 12, 2017


The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework sets out a strategy for the development of the city region's physical infrastructure over the next 20 years. It's important to Carbon Co-...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: December 24, 2016


This December, Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op was lucky enough to be invited to take part in a two day, community energy delegation visiting Brussels on the invitation of Green MEP for the South West...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: December 7, 2016

Carbon Co-op is launching a new project with Dalarna University (Sweden) and Open Energy Monitor to use low cost energy monitors, smart meters, and cutting edge machine learning...

Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: December 2, 2016
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Below is Carbon Co-op's response to Manchester Climate Change Agency's Manchester Climate Change Strategy 2016-50, the full call can be found here:...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: November 25, 2016

Community energy has been hard hit by cuts to renewable subsidies and It is a time of great change and uncertainty for those in the sector. In this blog post I look at some of the ideas for the way forward for community energy. We will be discussing all...

Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: October 18, 2016
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Carbon Coop is one of 5 pilot sites around Europe taking part in the Nobel Grid project. Last week, as part of a project meet-up, we visited the Belgian pilot EcoPower, an energy...

Author: Matt
Post date: September 15, 2016

Last week I attended Intersolar & EES Europe (https://www.intersolar.de), a huge three day trade exhibition on all things related to solar power and electrical energy storage. Many of the latest solar and storage...

Author: Ben Aylott
Post date: June 29, 2016
Electricity North West

In June 2016, Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op attended the Electricity North West Stakeholder session in Preston, along...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: June 16, 2016

These videos show the presentations made at the Carbon Co-op AGM in April 2016. The theme for the presentations was about the 2015 Paris Climate Change talks and how these broader, global targets relate to the work of local Community Energy organisations...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: May 19, 2016

Through the Nobel Grid project, Carbon Co-op are developing and testing ideas around householders using smart meters to enable collective action. But what does this mean in reality and what are the potential benefits?

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 23, 2016
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Carbon Co-op took part in the very successful, Powering Up North conference in February 2015. Jonathan Atkinson spoke from the platform in a key note address on the challenges and opportunities of...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: March 13, 2015
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Jane Massam, new member from Marple reports on attending the first Community Energy Conference, held on Saturday 19th October 2013.

The event was organised by...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: November 19, 2013

Back in September, as part of the Carbon Co-op in Stockport project, one of our members, Julian Tomlin, and his wife Helena held a Community Workshop at their home in Heaton Moor.

Here Julian tells us how it went. A group of friends and neighbours...

Author: CarbonCoopStockport
Post date: November 8, 2013

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We had a great day out on the Red Bus Tour of Eco Houses as part of Community Energy Fortnight. The tour was the flagship event for...

Author: Jonathan
Post date: September 10, 2013


We were delighted to have been invited to present and share our work at the "Community Energy: Together We Can!" event organised by the Rochdale ...

Author: CarbonCoopStockport
Post date: April 5, 2013


Lorenza and Paul (Co-op board members) held a 'community champions' meeting for their street inside their living room last evening. The workshop was led by Matt who brought along his box of eco-...

Author: Paul_Bower
Post date: March 26, 2013