On 3rd September 2016, the community energy industry will gather in Oxford for the third time to showcase and celebrate the communities, projects and individuals that are at the forefront of the community energy revolution.
The last year has been a busy and turbulent one in the Community Energy sector. To have received such a high number and calibre of deserving nominations has demonstrated to the collaborative organisers, Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales, the resilience and motivation that exists across the country to push the community energy ethos forward. The difficult task of deciding on the winner lays in the hands of the following judges: Lord Bourne, Anna Watson, Anne-Claire Leydier, Chris Blake, Ed Davey, Jon Halle, Merlin Hyman and Ramsay Dunning. The short lists from which they will decide are as follows (for a more detailed version of this list see the CEE website):
Community Renewable Energy Project Award
The most commendable sustainable electricity generation project undertaken by a community group.
Exeter Community Energy
Meadow Blue Community Energy
Plymouth Energy Community Renewables (PEC)
Southill Community Energy
Ynni Anafon Energy
Community Energy Saving Award
The community group which has undertaken the most inspiring energy conservation and/or management project.
Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative
Sport in DesFord
Sutton Coldfield Quaker Meeting
Westmill Sustainable Energy Trust (WeSET)
Local Authority Partner Award
The Local Authority which has done most to help local, community energy organisations through partnering, investing or other support.
Bristol City Council’s Energy Service
Devon County Council
Plymouth City Council
Swansea City and County Council
Community Energy Funding Award
The community group and its funders and advisers, which have achieved the most inspiring results in bringing investment into the sector.
Marks and Spencer
The Naturesave Trust
and Naturesave Policies Ltd
The most commendable collaboration between community and commercial / public / third sector partners.
Energy Saving Trust / Community Energy Hub
Harbury Energy Initiative
Rosehill and Iffley Low Carbon
South West Water & Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (SWW & WREN)
Community Energy Champion Award
The individual who has done most to advance the community energy sector over recent years.
Alistair Macpherson – Plymouth Energy Community
Barbara Hammond – Low Carbon hub
Chris Jardine – Joju Solar
Dan Nicholls – Cornwall Council
Fiona Booth – DECC
Ian Bloomfield – Durham County Council
Leo Murray – 10:10
Mike Smyth – Energy4All
Sonya Bedford – Stephens Scown
Photos from last year’s awards: