Following the success of last year's event, Co-operative Energy is pleased to be hosting its second community energy conference.
Contributing to the national energy mix, community energy schemes continue to make important advances within the UK. The number of community energy projects has grown to more than 5,000 in the last five years with new projects coming on-board every day.
From collective switching schemes helping people buy energy more cheaply, to community-owned wind farms generating local jobs and revenue, from neighbourhoods joining forces to buy energy or insulate their homes to community advice schemes helping consumers save energy and money, community energy projects come in many shapes and sizes. These projects are not only helping to improve the local environment, but by bringing people together are making renewable energy more accessible and affordable.
The conference has been designed to cater for everyone from the complete beginner in Community Energy to the seasoned practitioner. We want everyone who attends to walk away with new knowledge, new contacts and new ideas
The day will comprise of a number of guest speakers discussing key areas surrounding Community Energy, along with a number of interactive workshops which will coincide with these subject areas. There will also be a variety of interactive activities to participate in, along with a host of networking opportunities where you can discuss the day's activities amongst the guest speakers and other like-minded delegates.
***CONFIRMED DISCUSSION AREAS AND KEY NOTE SPEAKERS SO FAR***
Local Energy Markets & License Lite
Starting Up (extended sessions for beginners in Community Energy)
Policy & Changes To Come
Community Energy Coalition
Professionalising Community Energy
Community Energy England
A European Angle On Community Energy
Chris Matthews (Independent Speaker)