Community Energy Conference, September 12th
“Powering the City” will run from 1pm to 5:30pm on Saturday September 12th 2015 at the Friends Meeting House on Friargate. There will be opportunities to hear from successful community energy groups from across the UK, and to learn about the situation nationally and locally.
Some of the groups presenting at the event include:
- Sheffield Renewables : a social enterprise run by volunteers (much like YCE). They have completed two community-owned solar installations on community buildings in Sheffield.
- Pennine Community Power : a Community Benefit Society that has installed a 10kW wind turbine financed by a community share issue
- Whitby Esk Energy : a community group that has installed a 50kW microhydro scheme in the River Esk near Whitby
And of course we will also be discussing how we can develop plans for community renewable energy here in York. The full timetable for the conference is below.
The conference is free to attend and open to everyone but we ask that you book using the EventBrite link below. We hope that you will come along, with whatever questions, concerns, curiosity or enthusiasm you may have on the subject. The event is part of Community Energy Fortnight 2015 co-ordinated by The Community Energy Coalition.
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|1:20pm||Introduction to the conference
Richard Lane, York Community Energy
|1:25pm||Community Renewable Energy: A pipe dream?
Debbie Trebilco, Director of Community Energy England and member of Whitby Esk Energy
|1:45pm||Power in the community
Finn Jensen, Pennine Community Power
|2pm||The story of Sheffield Solar
Richard Collins, chair of Sheffield Renewables
|2:15pm||Q&A panel session
Chaired by Anthony Day, presenter of The Sustainable Futures Show podcast
|3:10pm||Exploring opportunities for renewable energy across York
Jacqui Warren, City of York Council Sustainability Officer
|3:25pm||The Pulling Power of a Community Pint
Pete Kilbane, The (community-owned) Golden Ball Pub
|3:40pm||Q&A session chaired by Anthony Day|
|4:30pm||Workshop sessions: bring and share knowledge|
|1. Powering the Country
A workshop on the national and global situation for energy generation in the face of climate change.
2. Powering York
A workshop on potential sustainable energy projects in York – bring and share your local knowledge!
|5:10pm||Report back and closing address|
Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Timings are only very slightly approximate.
If you’d like to continue the discussions, we shall be repairing to the Watergate Inn after the conference.