Community Energy Fortnight starts this week!

Community Energy Fortnight (CEF) is the UK's annual celebration of all things community energy. Community Energy Fortnight, sponsored by Thrive Renewables, is intended to serve many purposes this year: inspire people to get involved in projects, set up new ones, take personal actions around energy - but also to engage our MPs in becoming champions for community energy and policy change in parliament.

The past decade has seen an increased awareness of the need for renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions and this year’s CEF2022’s key aim is to raise awareness of the vital part energy efficiency plays in this.  Over the course of fortnight (11 - 24 June), CEE will be promoting the theme of efficiency: the first renewable energy;  to promote the importance of an efficiency first approach. 

How to get involved

The CEF2022 comms pack is available to download and includes a timeline for comms in the lead up to Community Energy Fortnight, the fortnight itself and after, and suggested copy to share on your social channels. The graphics for CEF2022 are also available on this page. Feel free to use these graphics to help promote your own events and activities, or the fortnight more generally!

Download CEF2022 Comms Pack

A summary of events during CEF2022:

Harbury Energy Initiative (HEI) Carnival Event, 11 June
Together with several other village organisations with a sustainability focus, and in a collaboration with their Parish Council, HEI is organising an Eco-Fair marquee as part of the village Carnival. They will cover a range of issues: waste reduction and recycling, circular economy, energy efficiency, renewables, EVs and their EV charging infrastructure project.

Westmill Wind Farm and Solar Park Guided Tour, 12 June, 11amAs part of Community Energy Fortnight 2022, join Westmill's friendly, knowledgeable guides for an on-site tour of their wind farm and solar park on the Oxfordshire / Wiltshire border.

how-to guide for organisations tackling fuel poverty (Session 1 of 2), 13 June, 6:30 - 8pm (Online) 
This training programme, facilitated by Dr Giovanna Speciale, CEO of SELCE, and Alex Hartley, Co-Founder of SELCE, is for community groups or voluntary organisatons who want to develop a service in their local area that provides practical support and guidance for those living in fuel poverty. Part 2 is below.

Green Open Homes: West of England Retrofit Stories, 13 June, 6 - 7:30pm (Online)
Join a free online webinar, hosted by Centre for Sustainable Energy, to hear first-hand how Duncan from North East Somerset and Larry of Thornbury have successfully installed a range of low-energy technologies to make their homes fit for a zero-carbon future.

NEA's South West Fuel Poverty Forum, 14 June, 9:30 - 12pm (Online)
This latest round of Forums in England will focus on the energy crisis: the challenges and how this has impacted frontline services, what assistance is available for vulnerable and low-income households, and how to prepare for winter together. Participants will be invited to share their insights and experiences during interactive discussions.

Western Power Distribution Net Zero Communities Forum, 15 June, 9:30am - 1pm (Nottingham)
Regen is hosting a Net Zero Communities Forum with Western Power Distribution (WPD) for community energy organisations, climate action groups, local authorities and anyone who wants to help their local area decarbonise energy and achieve net zero. They will have inspiring examples of leading local energy projects, WPD experts on hand to answer your questions, and breakout sessions on topics you’ve told them you want to discuss. 

Scaling up community energy projects webinar, 15 June, 12:30 - 1:30pm (Online) 

As proud sponsors of Community Energy Fortnight, Thrive will be exploring how community energy organisations can scale up their renewable projects in an insight-packed online webinar and Q&A, hosted by their Investment Director, Monika Paplaczyk.
 
Monika will be talking with some of those working on the frontline of community energy – including Jake Burnyeat, Managing Director at Communities For Renewables – to help communities across the UK to take control of their energy supply, as well as a meaningful stake in the clean energy transition.

Helping Parishes take Climate Action: Energy and Housing, 16 June, 4pm - 5:15pm (Online)

This webinar is brought to you by the South East New Energy Project (SENE) and LECSEA projects.The webinar will cover the support available to parishes and community group, how local communities can develop their own projects and the help available for setting up community energy projects. 

Energise Sussex Coast Heat pumps Seminar,16 June, 7–8:30pm (Hastings)
If you’re considering air or ground source heat pumps for your home, or would just like to learn a bit more about them, then come along to this impartial information evening. At the event you will hear from local experts to learn more about heat pumps, what to consider if you want to install them, current funding for them and a Q&A to answer any queries or concerns.

NEA's North West Fuel Poverty Forum, 17 June, 9:30 - 12pm (Online)
This latest round of Forums in England will focus on the energy crisis: the challenges and how this has impacted frontline services; what assistance is available for vulnerable and low-income households; and how to prepare for winter together. Participants will be invited to share their insights and experiences during interactive discussions.

Energy Transition Conference, 18 June, 09:30 - 4:30pm (Bristol)

This year’s summer conference was titled Energy Transition: Communities delivering local net zero event. The event, co-organised with Bristol Energy Network, took place on Saturday 18 June at Engineer's House in Bristol and was our first in-person event since 2019.  


The conference, attended by 150 community energy practitioners from across the country, was a busy day of plenary sessions, interactive workshops, networking and panel discussions. Speakers included Philip Coventry from CEE, Councillor Kye Dudd from Bristol City Council, David Tudgey from Bristol Energy Network, Gnisha Bevan from Black Seeds Network and Darren Jones, Bristol North West MP and Chair of BEIS Strategy Committee.

Climate Action Stokesley and Villages energy event, 18th June, 10-12pm (Globe Library, Stokesley)

Come and learn about / discuss all things energy - hear about people's experiences of making their homes more energy efficient, installation of renewable energy technology / generation and experience of driving an electric car, plus CAB's Warm and Well will be on hand to give advice about help available with your home energy.  

Energy Saving Advice: An introduction, 20 June, 4-5pm (Online)

This free online event, hosted by Greater Manchester Community Renewables, will cover what is fuel poverty and what are the impacts on people, myth and jargon busting around energy tariffs and energy companies, support available including the warm homes discount, winter fuel payments, cold weather payments, how to apply for them, the priority service register, and much more. 


A how-to guide for organisations tackling fuel poverty (Session 2 of 2), 20 June, 6:30 - 8pm (Online)
This is part 2 of the training programme, facilitated by Dr Giovanna Speciale, CEO of SELCE, and Alex Hartley, Co-Founder of SELCE, for community groups or voluntary organisatons who want to develop a service in their local area that provides practical support and guidance for those living in fuel poverty. 

Community Energy Training Session: Retrofit with Carbon Co-op, 21 June, 10:00-12:30 (Online)
Northern Powergrid is holding an online training session with Carbon Co-op’s retrofit experts to equip you with practical advice on retrofit projects – from how to begin engaging your community in retrofit, to starting a scheme like People Powered Retrofit in your community. 

Energy Saving Advice: An introduction, 21 June, 7-8pm (Online)

This free online event, hosted by Greater Manchester Community Renewables, will cover what is fuel poverty and what are the impacts on people, myth and jargon busting around energy tariffs and energy companies, support available including the warm homes discount, winter fuel payments, cold weather payments, how to apply for them, the priority service register, and much more. 

Warmer Ways Workshop, 22 June, 3:30 - 4:30pm (Online)

Energy Heroes are offering an exclusive opportunity to take part in our ‘Warmer Ways Workshop’, a bonus feature event as part of Community Energy Fortnight 2022. They have designed a specialised set of resources and a training session for teachers to support the delivery of these in primary schools. The resources are 2 sets of lessons which teach students how to design and implement radiator foils. This simple DIY task can save up to 50% of heat energy that is wasted from radiators, therefore will help reduce the energy usage to heat the building and save the school money and help the planet as well.


Energy Champion Introduction Training, 22 June, 12 - 2pm (Online)
In this training session, hosted by Energise Sussex Coast, you will learn the basics of understanding pre-pay and credit meters and understanding energy bills and how to support people who are struggling to pay their energy bills. An excellent accompaniment to the SELCE training above.

Energise Sussex Coast Insulation Drop in, 23 June, 1pm - 4pm (Hastings)
Drop in to speak to local retired architect and insulation champion. Ken can give advice about which insulation is appropriate for your house, the things to consider when installing it and how to fund it.

Green Open Homes: West of England Retrofit Stories, 23 June, 6 - 7:30pm (Online)
Join a free online webinar, hosted by Centre for Sustainable Energy, to hear first-hand how Judith and Matt from Bristol, have successfully installed a range of low-energy technologies to make their homes fit for a zero-carbon future.

Energy Champion Training: Saving Energy and Accessing funding for Energy Efficiency, 24 June, 12 - 2pm (Online)
In this training session, hosted by Energise Sussex Coast, you will get an introduction to heat loss in the home, energy efficiency and sources of funding available.

Community Energy Pathways: Race to Net Zero, 24 June, 10:30 - 4pm (WWF’s Living Planet Centre, Woking)

Mark the end of Community Energy Fortnight by joining Community Energy South at the WWF HQ in Surrey as they launch their nationwide pathways CE mentoring project.

If you are planning to run an event during CEF please let us know. We look forward to hearing about what activities you have planned and how you will be promoting energy efficiency in your local communities. 

#GoFurtherThisWinter: CEE’s 2022 Energy Advice Challenge

With energy prices on the rise, at CEE, we’re setting a challenge to our sector to get out into our communities: How many of us can be offering energy advice and fuel poverty support by winter 2022/23?

As part of CEF2022, you’ll be able to access lots of training, skills building and other opportunities to meet this challenge.

Here’s the way you can take part this year:

1. Start Conversations and build momentum!

CEF is a national event series. You can see all Events to start conversations on Energy Efficiency work in your community this summer and winter. Attend and host events, find out more from others across the country, and see what support, such as funding and training, is available. Get yourself and your colleagues toCommunity Energy Fortnight this June! 

2. Sign up for our Starter Training for Fuel Poverty and Energy Advice!

During CEF, a number of key organisations and community energy partners will be hosting starter trainings for those who want to get out into their communities. This training is free and more details will be available soon. 

3.Go further

As part of the Community Energy Advice Challenge we are are inviting you to let us know if you are interested in being trained to the nationally recognised NEA's Level 3 Energy Advice standard. CEE and partners will be looking into further funding for groups and individuals to support this training after CEF2022. Please complete this quick expression of interest and we will keep you updated on our progress. 

Resources

We have collated useful energy advice resources on our Energy Efficency How To page.

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