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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Past Events

Find out about some of the previous events held by Durham Energy Institute:

North East Community Energy; Local Authorities and Registered Social Landlords Seminar

3rd February 2015, 12:30 to 16:00, College of St Hild & St Bede, St. Hild's Lane, Durham, DH1 1SZ

Hosted by the Durham Energy Institute and with Amber Rudd Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change providing the key note address, this seminar aims to raise awareness of the opportunities of community energy for local authorities and registered social landlords in the North East and Yorkshire. 

Details will be also shared on the emerging North East Community Energy project, a partnership between Community Energy England, Northern Powergrid and VONNE and the role that LAs and RSLs can play to support a significant scaling up of community energy activities in the North East, (which could then be replicated in the Yorkshire and Humber region).

Ed Davey MP Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change stated earlier this year that "Local authorities are extremely important in the delivery of Community Energy" and that with the launch of the Community Energy Strategy in January 2014, he is looking for “nothing short of a Community Energy revolution". Currently the North East region has the lowest levels of community energy activity per capita in England and in 2014 Community Energy England, North Powergrid and VONNE formed a partnership to develop and deliver a large scale programme of activity under the banner of North East Community Energy (NECE) to initially run from 2015-2020. 

The establishment of NECE has been designed to benefit the North East economy by providing an independent income stream to the charity and community sector, by creating jobs and work for SMEs, improving resilience and by providing locally generated green energy alongside a number of energy efficiency, fuel poverty reduction and other social benefits for local communities. The project is in ongoing discussions with the North East LEP to deliver work against the ESIF Low Carbon theme, which could provide up to 50% of the project costs. However, at least 50% matched funding will need to be sourced. We see a crucial role for LAs and RSLs as core project partners, enablers, and potential funders/ investors.

The event will cover the following topics:

  • What is Community Energy and why is it important?
  • How can LAs and RSLs support Community Energy and how can you and your communities benefit?
  • How can LAs and RSLs support the funding/ investment mix for Community Energy projects?
  • What are the plans for North East Community Energy project and how can you get involved?

We do hope that you will be interesting in joining us to find out more about how community energy can benefit your communities and the opportunities for your organisation to get involved. Please feel free to send onto other colleagues working in local authorities and RSLs that you think may be interested in attending this event.

Find out more about the North East Community Energy project here.

Register for the event here:

Other North East Community Energy events

Northern Powergrid and VONNE are also hosting an event for emerging and current community energy projects and communities interested in finding out more about community energy opportunities, on Wednesday 4th February at The Castle Gate, Newcastle upon Tyne. More details about the event can be found here.