On 25th September 2015 Community Energy South will host its third annual Powering Our Communities conference which will focus on the future of locally-owned renewable energy in the wake of the government’s proposals to cut subsidies by 87 per cent, risking locals jobs and investment.
The conference will feature a programme of some of the country’s leading renewable energy experts and policy makers, who will examine the challenges that lie ahead for community energy in the south east.
In the evening of the conference Community Energy South will host the world-renowned environmentalist Jonathon Porritt in conversation with local renewable energy expert and Chair of Ovesco, Howard Johns, and the Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust, Philip Sellwood.
These events are part of Lewes 2030 – a two day festival exploring the future of community-owned renewable energy in the south east. The second day, Saturday 26th September, is an open event looking at how our communities are changing and what it might be like to live in the Lewes district in 2030. The event is free and will feature lots of fun and interactive activities for all ages, including face-ageing, zero carbon energy plans and map of renewable energy in the Lewes District.
Fri 25 Sept 10am-5pm Powering Our Communities Conference
Fri 25 Sept 7-9pm The world we made – a view from 2050
Drinks reception with Jonathon Porrit in conversation, Pelham House (tickets)
Sat 26 Sept 11am-5pm Lewes 2030 Festival Open Day, Linklater Pavilion
See what it might be like to live in Lewes in 2030
Howard Johns, Director of OVESCO commented, “There is a huge opportunity to Repower our community in the next ten years, we’ve taken the first steps with OVESCo – I am really pleased to launch “Energy Revolution” in Lewes which brings together inspiring stories from people all over the world who have done just that. At this challenging time when government is trying to destroy renewable energy, it is vital communities come together and Lewes 2030 is the perfect place for it.”
Ollie Pendered, founder of Community Energy South added, “The government’s proposals to cut subsidies for small-scale renewable energy have created a very uncertain future for community energy. Lewes 2030 comes at a crucial time for the sector and will be a perfect opportunity to discuss how we work together to overcome the challenges that lie ahead. And to have Jonathon Porritt come to Lewes is very exciting. He will provide invaluable insight and I’m sure inspire us to move forward and grow community energy in the south east.”