Communities Are Made of Powerful Stuff

With Community Energy Fortnight #CEF2014 well and truly underway, let’s take a look at what all the fuss is about.

ChloeGroup pic Whitby Esk hydro

©Community Energy Coalition

 What’s the deal?

Organised by the Community Energy Coalition http://ukcec.org/, #CEF2014 gives people all over the country the chance to see how they can get involved with community energy. With three times as many events in comparison to 2013, it’s clear that this energy movement is really taking hold.

#CEF2014 is about getting ‘communities inspired to take control of how they use, generate and purchase energy’ says Clare Martynski, CEC’s Senior Sustainability Advisor.

 

It’s already making headway

From workshops on how to build your own solar panels, to the Co-operative Community Energy Conference and a variety of open home events, #CEF2014’s programme of diverse activities ensures that there is something for everyone.

Other events, such as the Aber Dabba Do Festival held in Abergwyngregyn on Saturday 13 September united energy and culture. Marking the launch of the Anafon Community share offer, the community behind a new hydro-electric project in Wales are giving others the opportunity to get involved. With an estimated 1,000 visitors and a further £60,000 in share applications, it would be fair to say that this event has been a storming success.

Chloe Aber Dabba Doo scene

©Lloyd Jones

ChloeAber Dabba Doo

©Lloyd Jones

You haven’t missed your chance!

So, how can you get involved? Check out CEC’s events page or Green Living to find out what’s going on in your community. With events running from the 13-28 September, there is plenty of opportunity to participate. Don’t forget, we also want to know about your experiences, so make sure you share your stories online with #CEC2014 and #NTGreenLiving.

 

Hot picks

Why not try something different as part of your quest to become involved with community energy? Matt Harvey’s poetry slam, The Element in the Room in Exeter on Tuesday 23 September, promises to be a highly interactive and engaging experience.

Or, just in case you missed out on one of the National Trust’s Green Living events, why not join us at Tyntesfield on Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 September? You’ll be able to have a go on Good Energy’s giant hamster wheel, follow a discovery trail, get some energy saving freebies and advice and even try an electric bike.

Nymans Green Living event_National Trust images

 

 Find out more about the National Trust’s work on energy saving and generation at

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/energy

 

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