June 2018 Newsletter
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Letter from our director, jo Musker-Sherwood
To mark the midway point of Community Energy Fortnight, this month our newsletter celebrates all that Community Energy does to tackle climate change, secure the UK’s energy supply and invest in local communities. In recent years the sector has not had an easy ride with multiple policy changes cutting support and reducing project stability. At our most recent local event with climate sceptic Philip Davies MP we saw first-hand the positive response of Mr Davies to learning more about the benefits of Community Energy. You can find out more below about how you can ask your MP to support all the good work of Community Energy throughout the UK.
We are indebted to help from our many partners who form Hope for the Future’s advisory board. Our board assists us in putting together our resources specifically designed for MP meetings. Take a look at our new resource for this month, the Decarbonisation of the UK's Heating Supply, and as always, we would love to hear from you if would like any direct support from Hope for the Future in lobbying your local MP.
Jack Bloomfield, Local Constituency Support Volunteer
On Friday 4th May, Jack and Jo ran a workshop for a group of schoolgirls on a residential trip at Whirlow Hall Farm with the Sheffield Environmental Movement. The Sheffield Environmental Movement is a charity that aims to promote health and well-being by working to provide Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic & Refugee (BAMER) communities in Sheffield access to the natural environment. Click here to read Jack's reflections on his first workshop...
Guest Blog Post
Hope for the Future supporter and former volunteer, Simeon Wilton, meets with his MP, Tommy Sheppard to talk net zero carbon and getting students engaged in politics. In this month's guest blog, Simeon tells us about his MP meeting and future plans for an MP-lead event with Hope for the Future.
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June 'Good News' Round-Up
Community Energy Edition
Click on the news story to read the full article!
Funding grants now available for community energy projects in Bristol: https://www.bristolcommunityenergy.co.uk/funding-grants-now-available-for-community-energy-projects/
Emma Bridge from Community Energy England talks about their progress: https://www.greenhousepr.co.uk/emma-bridge-community-energy/
The Scottish Community and Renewable Energy Scheme has been allocated £5m in the current financial year to help with all stages of community energy projects: http://communityenergyscotland.org.uk/news/19-apr-2018-ces-welcomes-5m-scottish-government-support-for-communities.asp
The Eden Project is offering free hot water tanks as part of an 'intelligent' technology trial, which if beneficial, will boost renewable potential in homes: http://www.plymouthenergycommunity.com/news/eden-project-offering-free-hot-water-tanks-as-part-of-intelligent-technology-trial
Events as part of the Community Energy Fortnight are running until the 14th July! Find out more and sign up here.
Our researchers, Laura and Tom, are working hard to bring you up to date and relevant briefings so that you can always feel prepared when meeting with your MP.
In last month's newsletter poll, you voted to see a resource on: Decarbonisation of the Heating System which you can now see here. Also - don't forget to check out our other resources where you can find information on tailoring 'asks' of your MP on this issue and others.
We have many more resources coming soon but if there is any issue in particular that you would like a briefing on then please don't hesitate to let us know!