Council to celebrate Community Energy Fortnight
Cheshire West and Chester Council are holding two events this month so that residents can get involved in Community Energy Fortnight.
On Thursday, September 10 communities are invited to attend a special “Question Time” event in the Council HQ building in Chester, for an evening of audience questions put to a panel of energy experts.
And on Saturday, September 12 a group of 15 residents will be heading off for the day on an inspirational minibus tour of case study schemes in the Manchester area.
The first visit will be to a solar project on a Church in Old Trafford, and the second to a community hydro scheme in Saddleworth. Both stops will consist of a talk from the group involved, as well as a look at the installation itself.
Councillor Mark Henesy, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community said: “Community Energy Fortnight is a national celebration of the important and exciting work local groups are doing to tackle energy issues.
“Projects range from energy efficiency measures to renewable energy generation, but all are led and delivered by communities themselves, as a step on the road to more sustainable and resilient futures.
“Communities in Cheshire West and Chester have historically been very active in this area and Community Energy is no exception. In response to growing interest, the Council consulted with community groups and partner organisations during the summer to establish the local support required.
“In response, an online toolkit has been developed in addition to directly working with groups to support their unique challenges. The most popular form of support requested was a local peer network, providing regular opportunities to share knowledge and experience with like-minded groups.”
The Council is planning to hold a conference on November 14 to officially launch a new support package and engage a range of new communities in the world of Community Energy.
Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues