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Community Energy Conference 2017 - "Powering Together"

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Renold Building

University of Manchester

Altrincham Street


M1 7JA

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The Co-operative Energy is pleased to announce its Community Energy Conference 2017 - the fifth year anniversary of the event. This year’s is titled ‘Powering Together - taking control of the energy revolution' and will once again be jointly hosted with Community Energy England.

As in previous years, the Conference will be the marque launch event for Community Energy Fortnight 2017, which is also sponsored by Co-operative Energy.

The Conference 'Powering Together - taking back control of the energy revolution' will explore not only successful current projects, but also precipitate an exploration of new business models and technologies. It will also ask what role can local government play? How are planning obstacles overcome? How will the crowd-sourcing of finance change? Do demand management and storage provide radical new options? Do we need to accept that we will soon live in post-subsidy world?

These and other questions will be explored at what has become the UK’s largest and most exciting annual gathering of community energy practitioners.

The event will be FREE to attend (including lunch and refreshments) to ensure that as many communities as possible can enjoy access to an unparalleled range of speakers and interactive sessions with plenty of time afforded to networking opportunies.

Book your place at what will again be a truly fantastic and inspirational event.

Should you have ideas on key themes or workshops that the Conference should cover, then please e-mail suggestions to ryan.rushton@cooperativeenergy.coop

Powering Together: taking control of the energy revolution

(agenda subject to change and update over coming weeks)

9.30 Registration

10:10 Welcome, Chair

10:15 "Co-op Energy's pioneering Community Energy Strategy": Co-op Energy

10:30 “The State of Community Energy”: Emma Bridge, Chief Executive, Community Energy England

10.45 KEYNOTE on Smart Energy opportunities (tbc)

11.00 ”Greater Manchester: from community energy laggard to leader": Jonathan Atkinson, Co-founder, Carbon Coop

11.15 Q&A

11.30 Break

12.00 Workshops

  • Retrofitting and energy efficiency

  • The Smart Energy opportunity: Mary Gillie, Energy Local and Gordan Cowtan, Fintry Development Trust

  • Network innovation for communities

  • Securing a supportive policy environment

  • Introduction to community energy

13:00 Networking lunch

14:00 “The future of community energy and other social enterprises beyond 2017 “: Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK.

14:30 Workshops

  • What does a good PPA deal look like: Joshua Brown, Co-op Energy

  • Collaborations and shared ownership

  • How to navigate the planning swamp

  • How to raise finance

  • The storage opportunity

15.30 Break

16:00 Beacons of hope, followed by "Question Time"-style panel

  • Alistair McPherson, Plymouth Energy Community

  • Taryn Lane, Hepburn Wind, Australia

  • Will Cottrell, Brighton Energy Cooperative and Big Lemon Bus

  • ANother

17:00 Close

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