Community Energy Strategy for Greater Manchester
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of Community Energy groups want to get involved in energy efficiency but don't know where to start - we're running a day long conference with Community Energy England with some leading experts in the sector to get people up to speed.