Fuelling Manchester are inviting people and organisations to get involved in the creation of a Greater Manchester Community Energy Strategy.
We're inviting people to attend a strategy writing day:
12.30pm-5pm, Wednesday 26th March 2014
at Bridge 5 Mill, 22a Beswick Street, Manchester M7 4HR
To register for this event please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Preparation and further reading for the day will be circulated in advance.
NB we reserve the right to modify the attendee list to ensure the majority of attendance comes from Community Energy groups and grassroots projects rather than the public sector and large organisations.
The strategy writing element will be followed by a Fuelling Manchester Social:
6pm-8pm, Wednesday 26th March 2014
Marble Arch Pub, 73 Rochdale Road, M4 4HY
…featuring the usual mix of socialising and networking amongst Community Energy groups.
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.
If you're interested in getting involved, we're looking for individuals and organisations from community energy projects (in development, new or established) or a voluntary sector organisation delivering energy projects.