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20-10-2014

Citizens’ energy movement calls for support as nuclear gets billions of pounds subsidy

Last week the European Commission gave the UK the green light to billions of pounds of subsidies for Hinkley nuclear power plant, and the European Parliament approved a Spanish oil baron, Miguel Arias Cañete, as the EU’s next climate and energy chief. This hardly bodes well when EU leaders are due to agree climate and energy targets for the year 2030 at a summit next week. But against this, Europe’s citizens energy movement is providing reasons for optimism.

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20-10-2014

Citizens’ energy movement deserves support

The event – 'Community energy across Europe – making it happen' – brought together energy cooperative members, politicians, policy makers, renewable energy industry representatives and climate change campaigners to take stock of their success to date and plan for the future. Latest figures suggest there are now around 2500 renewable energy co-operatives across 16 European countries. In Germany alone 1.5 million citizens generate electricity on their roofs.

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20-10-2014

Scotland says YES ... to community energy!

The Scottish population may have voted narrowly against independence last month, but it is already taking more control of its own energy. The nation's burgeoning community energy sector is "one happy chapter" that began in earnest 10 years ago upon the recognition that Scotland's "renewable energy opportunity was masquerading as bad weather," Scotland's Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, told a recent conference on citizen energy in Brussels.

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14-10-2014

Community Power Scotland: from remote island grids to urban solar co-operatives

Community groups across Scotland are leading the way in moving from fossil fuels to harnessing our vast renewable energy potential.

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10-10-2014

Community Energy - making it happen!

The conference ‘Community energy across Europe – making it happen’ was organized on 6th October 2014 in Brussels, alongside Open Days 2014 – European Week of Regions and Cities.

09-10-2014

Wind Energy Co-operative in new film

Friends of the Earth Scotland has launched a new film documenting prime examples of community-owned and operated renewables from across Scotland.The new film will feature the Spirit of Lanarkshire Wind Energy Co-operative which is aiming to give local people the chance to own a stake in two constructed commercial wind farms, Nutberry near Coalburn and West Browncastle near Strathaven.

Friends of the Earth Scotland community power campaigner Anne Schiffer said: “Community groups across Scotland are leading the way in moving from dirty fossil fuels to harnessing our vast renewable energy potential.”

22-09-2014

Primary schools to compete to win solar panels

Primary schools across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being offered a unique opportunity to win solar panels, crowd-funded by Friends of the Earth supporters. The competition, was launched on 9 September 2014 invites pupils to submit creative entries, such as artwork or film, demonstrating why they’d love their school to be powered by solar energy.

19-09-2014

Harlaw Reservoir hydro to bring power

A RESERVOIR is set to spark a new energy supply after a host of investors rushed to back the scheme. The £35,000 project to harness the power of the Harlaw Reservoir will be completed by the end of the year, with electricity being produced from the spring. It has been funded by 240 shareholders – 70 per cent of which come from Balerno, Currie and Juniper Green – who are now in line to pocket dividends.

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18-09-2014

Save the date: Workshop in Lille on Community Energy, 3 October 2014

The European federation REScoop.eu organises a conference in Lille (France) on the 3rd of October 2014 where REScoops, local, national and European civil servants and representatives together with researchers will come together to discuss the role of citizens in the future community energy system. The intent is to create a stronger cooperation between the different actors in the field in order to promote and accelerate the energy transition and the role of citizens in it. It will be the first time in Europe that these three sectors come together on a European level.

12-09-2014

The Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative

As part of the Community Power campaign Friends of the Earth Scotland is telling the stories of local projects where people have taken control of their energy futures. These videos are from all across Scotland, and involve different technologies, communities and stories. This film is about the Edinburgh Community Solar Co-operative. 

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