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 report on Community Green Deal and plenty of members in attendance.
After two years of annual conferences in the South, organisers Community Energy England (CEE) and Co-operative Energy brought 'Powering Together' to the University of Manchester with over 300 delegates from the sector including community energy groups, technical consultants, funders and supporters.
We used the opportunity to launch our new report highlighting the learning from our Community Green Deal retrofit programme – a summary of which can be found here.
Delivering a keynote speech as part of the opening session, Carbon Co-op co-founder Jonathan Atkinson welcomed delegates to Manchester, highlighted potential opportunities in energy system innovation and assessed levels of optimism and pessimism in the sector.
Fellow speakers included CEE chief executive Emma Bridge who launched the new 'State of the Sector' report and Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association who touched on post-election, post-Brexit political trends.
The rest of the day included sessions on energy efficiency, battery storage and innovative renewable energy generation financial models. It was striking to see the levels of energy, enthusiasm and collaborative work within the audience and the Carbon Co-op team came away with plenty of new ideas and motivation.
Look out for more exciting developments within the sector over the next 12 months and thanks to the organisers and to all the Carbon Co-op members who made it along for the day.