Meeting Notes

Zoom meeting 20th October 2021


Presentation from Sonya Bedford on local authority co-operation with community energy groups here

Presentation from APSE Energy (Association for Public Service Excellence-Energy Group) here

Presentation from Gillian Wright on Energy Local here

Presentation from Ben Aylott, Carbon Co-op , on how can community energy groups get involved in flexibility services here

Zoom meeting 3rd June 2021: Community Energy Policy and Post-Fits Opportunities

Zoom meeting 2nd December 2020: Community Energy – where do we go from here?

Link to recording of the Zoom meeting:

Chat from the meeting including useful weblinks from participants is available here

Meeting 2.11.22 at Wessex Water

-Presentation from Pete Capener, Bath & West Community Energy -Presentation from Pete West, Energy Local Bridport -Presentation from Keith Hempshall, Centre for Sustainable Energy

Bath February 5th 2020

There was a good turnout of approximately 70 delegates and 14 speakers at the WCEN Climate Emergency conference in Bath on Wednesday 5th February . The event provided a great opportunity to better understand progress to date in development of Local Authority Climate Emergency Action Plans and potential help available from the community energy sector.…

July Meeting 2019

Notes from presentation by Anna Francis (Frome Town Council and Frome Community Energy) Anna mentioned that Frome Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency with a target to be zero carbon by 2030. Frome has been developing low carbon initiatives for some time. These include a bulk purchase scheme for householders who wish to install…

11 April 2019

Notes from meeting 11th April, Quaker Meeting House, Salisbury  It was agreed that the next meeting will be in July at the Wessex Water offices near Bath on the theme of ‘Advocacy and engagement with decision makers and local authorities.’ Lesley Bennett will contact Wessex Water to check possible dates. Our first choice would be…

WCEN meeting 25th January

At our meeting on Friday 25th January we had 4 information packed presentations.You can download them here: Julian Head, the Coordinator for the Strategic Economic Programme and ESIF of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership gave us links to low carbon opportunities and funding.  Download hereJon Rattenbury told us about future support from the South West Energy Hub. Download hereDamon Rand’s presentation on Microgrids can be downloaded here. Damon is Head of Product Development at…

January 2019

There was a lively discussion at the Wessex Community Energy Network (WCEN) meeting on Friday 25th January, here is a summary of some comments and ideas (including ideas from networking discussions over lunch). Linking projects and working collaboratively Jon Rattenbury (South West Energy Hub) mentioned that the Hub will be interesting in facilitating joining up similar…

6th July 2018

Pete West writes Introduction to the Wessex Community Energy Network at the meeting held on 6th July on ‘Local Authorities and Community Energy’ The Wessex Community Energy Network has been established to enable community energy groups in the Somerset/ Wiltshire/ Hampshire/ Dorset region to meet up to discuss topics of common interest. As you are…

Network Meeting 6 July

Bristol is hugely advanced in its Zero Carbon aims thanks to good working done by numerous partners.   Here is Andy O’Brien’s  Zero West intro presentation- 6 July 2018.  Dorset  has its own plan:    Low Carbon Dorset 6th July 2018.      They can help community groups (and others) with advice, information and even funding. Rory…

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