The free conference will explore how to encourage and capitalise on the fast-paced growth of the community energy sector throughout the UK to harness and expand growth in the North West.
The event is aimed at representatives from voluntary and community organisations, local authorities, social enterprises, central government and other public bodies, and will aim to cover the following areas:
- Opportunity: exploring the potential for community energy in the North and highlighting the multiple benefits this can bring
- Challenges: examining the issues and challenges specific to the North
- Co-operation and networks: highlighting partnerships, collaboration and co-operation as the key to success
- Support: working together to deliver the full potential of community energy.
The event will also include opportunities for networking, facilitated workshop sessions and a keynote speech from former MP and Friends of the Earth advisor, Alan Simpson.
Workshop topics include:
- Smart cities: how communities will play a role
- Social investment and social impact: what is social investment tax relief and what does it mean for community energy and investment?
- Leveraging investment: maximising the opportunity for local authorities and registered providers
- Measuring impact: can community energy address fuel poverty through energy literacy and schools projects?
- Joint working with local authorities
- Enabling a transition to a civic energy future
- The big behaviour change: recreating recycling success with energy demand reduction
- Council and communities becoming 'the big 60,000': how can we supply energy to our own communities?
- Policy drivers to make it all happen: what support is needed to get carbon central to the economy?
The conference will take place on 26 February, 10.00 to 16.00 at Friends Meeting House, Manchester. For more information or to book a place, click here.