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Introducing Rebecca Willis and Jenny Willis

It’s going to be an exciting and challenging year for energy co-operatives. With the Feed in Tariff yet to be decided, plans for an energy co-operatives manifesto and the next stage of The Co-operative’s Support Clean Energy campaign, we want to make sure that we can continue to represent your needs at a national level.


Feed in Tariffs review - what are we doing?

The recent announcement of another review of the solar pv feed in tariff by the Department of Energy and Climate Change has thrown many fledgling energy co-operatives' plans into disarray.

Mary Rayner talks about the work Co-operatives UK is doing to help.

Want cash for your community? New affiliate deal with Local United

Are you involved in a community group and would like extra income whilst supporting a new co-operative? Co-operatives UK member, Local United is offering some great affiliate schemes for community groups with the added bonus of switching to an ethical energy supplier.

Westmill goes solar

I got back from annual leave today to the news that the UK's largest solar farm has just gone online.

Lords debate on solar pv feed in tariff review

Ahead of a debate in the Lords tomorrow about the recent fast track review of the solar pv feed-in tariff, I've had feedback from a few emerging or existing energy co-operatives about the effect the review has had.

5 Community Energy case studies finalised

The next stage in the Community Energy: co-operative solutions project is to spend some time with five energy co-operatives to find out about their practical and policy challenges.

British Gas Green Streets 2 - report from IPPR

Just out from the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) are the findings from British Gas' Green Streets 2 project.

Write up of first Community Energy: co-operative solutions summit

A summit event was held in late June, bringing together nine co-operative energy practitioners to help shape and inform the Community Energy: co-operative solutions action research project.

Update on research from Belgium - co-operative answers to societal challenges

Last year we were visited by some researchers from Belgium. I wrote about their visit in a blog.

They've sent through some papers translated into English about their research into the role of co-operatives in child day care, care services, housing and renewable energy.

Support available for community energy groups in the West Midlands

The Community Strand of the West Midlands Low Carbon Economy programme is offering support to community groups and third sector organisations with viable renewable and sustainable energy proposals to help move the projects toward successful implementation.


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