The Powering Up conference, run jointly by The Department of Energy and Climate Change and the OxFutures initiative, was a great success. Over 200 representatives of community groups, local authorities and others with an interest in delivering community energy projects gathered to address the latest challenges.
The Powering Up programme can be downloaded here.
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Speakers at the event included:
- Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
- Ed Gillespie, Co-Founder of Futerra
- Cllr Bob Price, Oxford City Council
- Jo Colwell, Oxford City Council
- Rebecca Willis, Co-operatives UK and Pure Leapfrog
- Barbara Hammond, Low Carbon Hub
- Hugh Ellis, Town and Country Planning Association
- Sarah Harrison, Ofgem
- Rachel Coxcoon, Centre for Sustainable Energy
- Reg Platt, Institute of Public Policy Research
- Pete Capener, Bath & West Community Energy
- Jane Wildblood, Bath & North East Somerset Council
- Tanya Nash, City and County of Swansea
- Alistair Macpherson, Plymouth City Council
- Jake Burnyeat, Plymouth Energy Cooperative
- Chris Wood-Gee, Dumfries and Galloway Council
- Agamemnon Otero, Repowering London
- Dan McCallum, Awel Aman Tawe
- Kendal Davies, Carmarthenshire County Council
- Richard Lowe, Bristol City Council
Quotes from the event
Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change:
“It’s an exciting time for community energy in the UK and the Government wants to help communities and local authorities provide affordable, low-carbon energy sources in their areas.
The Powering Up conference gives communities the opportunity to share knowledge about how they can work together to see more energy projects get off the ground and, in the process, provide jobs and reduce bills for local people.”
Rebecca Willis, Associate, Co-operatives UK and Pure Leapfrog:
“I've seen first hand how community projects can change the way that people think about energy. Local Authorities can play a role in the shift to an energy system in which people are active participants, not passive consumers.”
Bob Price, Leader Oxford City Council:
“Tackling climate change and carbon reduction will only be successful if communities and individuals get involved and take local initiatives. Oxford City Council has been encouraging and supporting local low carbon groups across the city for several years and this conference is an opportunity to showcase the successes, and to stimulate more involvement of community groups across the UK.”
Councillor David Nimmo Smith, Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Environment:
“I was delighted to attend the conference, seeing the different applications and the benefits of local authorities and local communities working together. The work was truly inspiring and I welcome the fact that alternative energy supply is being treated with such importance, saving money and creating jobs.”
Ed Gillespie, Co-Founder of Futerra:
“We're at an amazing and historical tipping point in the way our energy is generated and owned. The potential for unleashing energy independence, enhancing energy security and transforming energy sustainability is incredibly exciting. ”