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Community energy projects likely to stall

The lack of discussion from the UK Government on support for renewable energy is likely to cause disruption to community energy projects. The concerns were outlined today in a joint letter from the Scottish and Welsh Governments to the UK Government and called for urgent clarity.

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Community green energy threatened by UK policy changes

Reacting to a joint letter on community renewable energy sent by the Scottish and Welsh Energy Ministers to the UK Government, Anne Schiffer, energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth Scotland, said: “We fully support the Scottish and Welsh Government opposition to UK government plans to cut support for renewables. Perhaps the most important legacy the UK can leave for future generations is to rid our energy system of dirty fossil fuels and build an energy economy based on our abundant renewable resources.”

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Aran islands could be carbon neutral by 2022

Three offshore islands are outstripping the mainland in their drive to become carbon neutral by 2020. A pilot project involving use of electric cars and building upgrades indicates that fossil fuel dependence on the Aran islands could be cut by 84 per cent, community leaders told Minister for Energy Alex White on Inis Mór.

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CO-POWER event: Community energy across Europe: potential and successful results
16 March 2016, Brussels, Belgium

Community Energy Fortnight 2015
5-20 September 2015, UK

CO-POWER event: Community energy across Europe: opportunities and challenges
17 June 2015, Brussels, Belgium

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Growing a sustainable EU economy through SMEs: Boosting jobs, growth and entrepreneurship
27 May, 2015, Brussels, Belgium

Empowering local authorities and their communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out in Denmark
20 May 2015, Aalborg, Denmark

Empowering local authorities and their communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out in Czech Republic
12 May 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

Interconnections for a Sustainable Energy System: How can Europe and the United States make their energy infrastructure fit for the future?
7 May 2015, Brussels, Belgium

All-Energy 2015
6-7 May 2015, Glasgow, UK

Empowering local authorities and their communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out in Hungary
5 May 2015, Budapest, Hungary

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Low Carbon Heat Conference 2015
28 April 2015, Perth, UK

Engaging communities in SEAPs´ implementation Mayors in Action - Webinar Series
27 April 2015, 11:00-12:30, Webinar

Energy Cities' Annual Conference
22-24 April 2015, Aberdeen, UK

Community power: myths and facts
21 April 2015, Brussels, Belgium

A new energy paradigm for the next regional legislation period in Spain
9 April 2015, Madrid, Spain

Opportunities to implement community renewable energy projects through the planning system
30 March 2015, London, UK

Fostering social acceptance of renewable energy projects - Policy recommendations
26 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium

Energy Union and its Impact on European Citizens
18 March 2015, Brussels, Belgium

CARES Conference 2015: Energising Scotland’s Communities
17-18 March 2015, Stirling, UK

3rd BESTGRID Workshop on "Good practice exchange"
26 February 2015, London, UK

Empowering local authorities and their communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out in Spain
5 February 2015, Madrid, Spain (Download the presentations)

4th European Grid Conference on Energy and Democracy
27 January 2015, Brussels, Belgium

2nd national meeting for a new energy model
17 January 2015, Media Lab Prado, Madrid, Spain

‘Windfall Island’ Screening
16 December 2014, Glasgow, UK
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REScoop 20-20-20 Open information workshop
13 December 2014, Lisbon, Portugal

16th Breakfast at Sustainability's
25 November 2014, Brussels, Belgium

Community-energy – Empowering local authorities and their communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out
20 November 2014, Dublin, Ireland

Community-energy: empowering local authorities and their communities to guide local sustainable energy roll-out in Scotland
25 September 2014, Edinburgh, UK

Community energy: accelerating sustainable energy roll-out in Europe
25 June 2014, Brussels, Belgium


Summer Package – a good basis for developing consumers’ role in the energy transition

On July 15th, The European Commission released its ‘Summer Package’ on climate and energy. It provides the strongest indication so far of the Commission’s vision for the transformation of Europe’s energy system, and the role that it sees for consumers. The Package consists of, i.a. long-anticipated Communications that launch a consultation on Electricity Market Design and on Delivering a New Deal for Energy Consumers, as well as a staff working guidance documents for self-consumption renewable energy schemes.

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Press release on the Energy Union

11 organisations issued the press release on the Energy Union. “Most importantly, our vision is of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where citizens take ownership of the energy transition, benefit from new technologies to reduce their bills, participate actively in the market, and where vulnerable consumers are protected.”

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How to get the taxman to buy you shares in a community wind turbine



Solar power passes 1% global threshold

Solar power now covers more than 1% of global electricity demand. In three countries in Europe – Italy, Germany and Greece – solar PV supplies more than 7% of electricity demand. This is reported by Solar Power Europe (previously EPIA – European Photovoltaic Industry Association). China is the fastest growing market. Research company GlobalData has adjusted projected new capacity in China for 2015 upwards.

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Take the CrowdFundRES project survey!

The CrowdFundRES EU-funded project which aims to unleash the potential of crowdfunding for financing renewable energy projects in Europe has just launched an EU wide survey targeting among others active citizens and community members as well as cooperatives, municipalities and other project developers.


Europe’s energy revolution marches on: one-third of power supply now renewable

Fully one-third of electricity produced in Europe last year came from renewable energy, reports ENTSO-E (the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity). Four years ago this was just 24%. The increased share of renewables has come at the expense of fossil fuels. “There is a revolution taking place”, says Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager at ENTSO-E.

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