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Community Energy and Business (Energy Series Part 2)

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Join us for the second part of our November energy series, a business breakfast on Community Energy and Business!

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We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. All of our physical events are available to attend online too. Any physical event that must go online for safety reasons will do so, and you will be able to refund your ticket or attend a second online event for free.

If you are attending physically, please adhere to all safety guidance given in your pre-event email, on site, and any local laws and restrictions.

If you are attending virtually, you will still receive the same opportunities to network, take part in any question time, and do a 60 second pitch.

Renewable and decentralised energy is leading to new collaborations between businesses and communities. How do these collaborations work and what key examples can we learn from? How can you get the ball rolling in your business or community to create these partnerships?

The Future Economy Network is happy to welcome Network members The Schumacher Institute, Bristol Energy Cooperative, The Megawatt Community Energy Fund and Bath & West Community Energy to speak at this business breakfast.

This event is kindly hosted by Network members Osborne Clarke.

"Physical Attendance" tickets include breakfast and refreshments.

This event is part of The Future Economy Network's November Energy series. Each event is still a standalone event and you can attend as many or as little as you are able to.

Innovations in Renewable Energy Supply (Energy Series Part 1)

Community Energy and Business (Energy Series Part 2)

EV's: The Road to a Cleaner Future (Energy Series Part 3 )

Exploring Energy Storage (Energy Series Part 4)

Edward Langham, Fellow of The Schumacher Institute

Ed will introduce how the transition to renewable and decentralised energy is opening up new forms of collaboration between business and community organisations, and the different ways in which these embed societal value in the business model. Using a range of Australian, UK and US examples he’ll, give a picture of emerging patterns of innovation and prerequisites for partnership success.

Will Houghton, Renewable Energy Project Developer, Bristol Energy Cooperative

With examples from previous and upcoming projects, this talk will focus on effective business models for community energy in the post-FiT world. We will discuss BEC’s criteria for successful rooftop PV installations, as well as the co-op’s wider-ranging initiatives. These include collaboration with leading businesses across the West of England (Zero West) and new approaches to community microgrids, showing a glimpse into the future of residential and commercial developments (Microgrid Foundry).

Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett, Administrator, Bristol Energy Cooperative

As a community benefit society, Bristol Energy Cooperative distribute a proportion of the income of their solar farms through The Megawatt Community Energy Fund, in partnership with Low Carbon Gordano and Quartet Community Foundation. Vicky will discuss the rewards and challenges of issuing small grants to help your organisation meet its aims and objectives, including reaching audiences beyond those your business normally engages with.

Alex Lockton, Development Co-ordinator, Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE)

BWCE is running a major Community Solar 2020 programme that is seeking sites for community funded solar systems on business and community roofs and on ground mounted sites in the B&NES and West Wiltshire local authority community areas we cover. Specifically Alex will be explaining how this scheme works and what businesses need to think about to apply to the scheme. Alex will also give a few highlights on other projects BWCE is involved in including Flex Community and a forthcoming heat education initiative.

Agenda

07:45 - 08:10 - Registration, Networking & Breakfast

(07:45 - 07:55 - Registration, 07:55 - 08:10 - Facilitated Networking for Online Attendees)

08:10 - 08:20 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:20 - 08:30 – Edward Langham, The Schumacher Institute

08:30 – 08:40 – Will Houghton, Bristol Energy Co Operative

08:40 - 08:50 - Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett, Bristol Energy Cooperative (on The Megawatt Community Energy Fund)

08:50 - 09:00 - Alex Lockton, Bath & West Community Energy

09:00 - 09:30 - Group Q&A

09:30 - 09:35 - 60 Second Pitches

09:35 - 09:40 - Close

09:40 - 10:15 - Optional Networking & Breakfast

(09:45 - 10:15 - 2 x Facilitated Networking Groups for Online Attendees)

Meet The Speakers!

Edward Langham, Fellow of The Schumacher Institute

Ed is an environmental scientist specialising in energy strategy & planning, new business models, community energy and open data to support the development of 'decentralised energy' resources. He is a Research Principal with the University of Technology Sydney but is currently based in Bristol and undertaking a PhD in partnership-based new energy business model innovation, and is a Research Fellow of the Schumacher Institute for Sustainable Systems.

Will Houghton, Renewable Energy Project Developer, Bristol Energy Cooperative

Will is a physics graduate, engineering consultant and renewable energy project developer. He has a background in commercial renewable energy, with seven years’ experience of design, consenting and construction management. As a project developer with Bristol Energy Cooperative, he helps to deliver a wide range of community energy installations including solar PV, hydropower and battery storage.

Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett, Administrator, Bristol Energy Cooperative

Vicky has 15yrs experience in the environmental sector, starting as an environmental activist campaigning against airport expansion and new fossil fuel plants. Elected as a city councillor (in Brighton) aged just 22, Vicky quickly developed an understanding of the need for cities to balance social, environmental, and economic demands. Keen to understand how cities can better co-deliver their aims, Vicky completed an MSc in Climate Change Policy in 2010 centring on the environmental justice of public policy. With a desire to step up and be and active participant in a just transition, Vicky served as a non-executive director of Bristol Energy Network in 2015/16 and was employed by Bristol Energy Cooperative in 2016. Vicky has acted as a mentor with Catalyse Change, helped establish Kingswood Climate Action Group and plays in defence (poorly) for the Easton Cowgirls.

Alex Lockton, Development Co-ordinator, Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE)

Alex has worked in the renewable energy industry for 13 years, owning and running businesses which design, install and operate all forms of renewable energy. In the last 5 years Alex ran a local energy business which was responsible for the design and construction of a large number of community energy projects in the south west including some for BWCE. In the last two years Alex also set up a successful new electric vehicle charge point installation business for that company.

Currently Alex’s main focus is the development of the new BWCE Community Solar PV campaign which is identifying commercial and public buildings to host community owned solar systems. In addition to this he is developing a number of new projects involving renewable heat, battery storage and Electric vehicle technology to help BWCE accelerate the zero carbon energy transition in our area.

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2 Temple Back East

Redcliffe

Bristol

BS1 6EG

United Kingdom

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