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Challenges and opportunities for community energy

Power Up North London spoke at an event on Monday night about the future of renewables in the UK. It's been a tough year for community energy and renewable energy as a whole- but despite significant policy challenges we have smiles on our faces at PUNL as we believe there are so many committed people and so many new ideas in the community energy sector that it will continue to succeed despite current challenges. It's great to hear that Good Energy are planning the first subsidy free wind farm in Devon, and that the community will own part of the project. Closer to home, we're glad that all the main candidates for Mayor of London are taking solar seriously including new forms of support for community projects.

What are the Mayoral candidates promising on solar?

As the London election campaign officially begins this week we thought we'd take a look at what the top four candidates are promising on renewable energy. Find out more on our latest blog here
Renewables in the UK- event with Transition Kentish Town

A huge thanks to Transition Kentish Town for organising a great event on Renewables in the UK this Monday at the Grafton.We spoke alongside Pete from Biofuel Watch and Jo Syz, independent filmmaker who shared his short film about Reclaim the Power. 

As requested we have uploaded our presentation onto our website here
Community energy project subject of court case in Forest of Dean

A 500kW community wind energy project in the Forest of Dean is facing a High Court Challenge by an individual trying to stop the project from going ahead.

As well as being a huge blow to the Resilient Energy Severndale project, the case is important for all community energy projects in the UK. Lawyers have confirmed that this will be a milestone court case in determining how such projects are viewed in UK law, including

  1. A high level of local public support for the project
  2. A public ownership model as a Community Benefit Society and whether this is an appropriate legal vehicle
  3. A community fund to channel surplus from the scheme into the locality
  4. A recognition that it is the positive social, environmental and local economic benefits for the community arising from the project; and
  5. Government policy that is ostensibly supportive of community energy projects


Resilient Energy Severndale have reached their crowdfunding target and raised £13,425 to cover the legal costs of the challenge. Follow developments on the story at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/high-court-challenge-to-aims-of-community-energy

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