Carbon Co-op at the Community Energy Conference 2019

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We’re looking forward to a busy day at the Community Energy Conference 2019 in Sheffield this weekend (Saturday 22nd June), we’ll be talking about retrofit, new online energy tools, local flexibility and a range of other things, here’s an outline of what we’ll be up to.

People Powered Retrofit project report

Since Autumn 2018, we’ve been working on People Powered Retrofit with URBED and a partnership of expert organisations, to investigate new householder service models for retrofit and to develop new ways to support and train contractors.

The results of the research are published in the People Powered Retrofit project report launched at the conference. We’ll have paper copies available and you can read the report in full here:

Matt Fawcett of Carbon Co-op will be discussing the findings and details of the service we’ll be launching in Greater Manchester this autumn in a session titled ‘Whole house Retrofits – Learning from the BEIS Local Supply Chains Pilots’ (taking place at 15.20 in the Pennine Lecture Theatre).

New data technologies for emerging Community Energy business models

We are sponsoring a session at the conference on the use of new information technologies and data in creating new energy services. Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op will be outlining the new opportunities for Community Energy as energy and data become ever inter-linked and highlighting some of the barriers to realising these.

Carbon Co-op Hub: Smart Meter data

The session will feature Ben Aylott of Carbon Co-op, outlining of the work we’ve been doing to enable householder access to smart meter data, Trystan Lea of Megni on the integration of new open source electric vehicle chargers and Marianne Heaslip of URBED on My Home Energy Planner, a tool to carry out home energy assessments and enable retrofit planning and decision making.

‘New Data Technologies for Emerging Community Energy Business Models’ takes place in the Pennine Lecture Theatre at 11.30.

The Great Energy Escape game

Originally designed for the Manchester Science Festival, The Great Energy Escape, our immersive game designed in collaboration with Dan Hett will be installed at the conference and recruiting sign ups on the day. The game lasts around 30 minutes and is played in groups, enabling participants to explore and re-balance the energy system to get a fictional control room back online in a fun, interactive way!

Times are as follows: 10:00 – 10:45, 11:00 – 11:45, 11:45 – 12:30, 12:30 – 13:15, 13:15 – 14:00, 14:00 – 14:45, 14:45 – 15:30, 15:30 – 16:15
Sign up to take part here or on the day on Level 4 Owen Building (up the stairs from the main atrium)

Local Flexibility Markets

Collaborators Regen are running a session on local flexibility markets and how Community Energy groups could get involved in aggregating and selling flexibility in their area. It’s an area in which we’ve done a lot of work and Ben Aylott of Carbon Co-op will be speaking about this and our new project OpenDSR.

Electric Vehicle charger

You can read the report we wrote with Regen on Local Flexibility Markets here:

Flexibility Markets for Beginners will take place at 14.25 in the Pennine Lecture Theatre.