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Torrs Hydro New Mills

New Mills is a small town on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside, intersected by fast-flowing small rivers, which were the source of power for the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century. The Torrs, a gorge where the River Sett joins the River Goyt, is the site of a weir that used to feed water to an old mill which burnt down in 1912. The weir is still intact and, in the view of local community activists, provided the perfect location for a small hydro-electric scheme.

A co-operative green economy

This independent report has been commissioned by Co-operatives UK to build on debate and discuss the growing areas of co-operative solutions for renewable energy and household energy reduction.

Groundbreaking vision for the co-operative sector for discussion

Co-operatives UK is seeking comments and debate on a radical vision of how the co-operative sector can expand into the 21st Century.

The groundbreaking document, Co-operation in the age of Google, is open for comment by members of Co-operatives UK until 12 February 2011.


East London co-operative wins Green Mark accreditation

Account3, an East London co-operative offering a range of training, enterprise and development services, has proved its environmental credentials by gaining a Green Mark.

Villagers celebrate recycling success and get Greener Together

Chepstow villagers became recycling ambassadors, after hosting a fantastic Community Recycling Day recently where over 50 guests took part in activities including scarecrow making.

Co-operative Energy: lessons from Denmark and Sweden

The report of the Global Watch Mission, published in October 2004 by URBED and Co-operatives UK. It investigates the roles that co-operatives in Denmark and Sweden have played in renewable energy projects.

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.

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.

Co-operative sector secures Treasury reversal

A campaign by Co-operatives UK, renewable energy organisations and community groups has secured the reversal of a Treasury decision that would have severely disadvantaged communities hoping to benefit from local renewable energy schemes.

Addressing public concerns about wind power - new report from CSE

For any of you involved in setting up or running a wind energy co-operative, the Centre for Sustainable Energy has just released a really useful research paper 'http://www.cse.or


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