Useful resources:

 

For help starting out, check out the Community Energy Hub for advice on everything from group structures and governance, to monitoring, evaluation and working with local authorities.

 

PlanLoCaL has an excellent selection of short videos that will inspire and offer practical advice for people wanting to set up a community energy project – whether you’re dealing with renewable energy generation, energy efficiency initiatives or even you just want to keep your community group strong!

 

Fuel poverty:

Fuel Poverty affects one in five households in London. Through the London Fuel Poverty Hub you can find listings for the major fuel poverty support services available in each Borough.

 

  • The use of statistics can strengthen funding applications. One useful resource to help you prove your need for funding is  this map of the multiple deprivation index, which highlights areas of deprivation. Please be advised that data is from 2015. Another useful resource is this post-code ‘look up’ tool which can give more deprivation data for up to 10,000 post codes at a time.

 

  • This fuel poverty calculator by the Centre for Sustainable Energy is a good resource, used by councils, housing associations, energy charities and community groups to help target services to support fuel poor residents.

 

  • BoilerBooker.com is a group booking website that helps reduce the cost of heating services for everyone and ensures safer, energy efficient housing.

 

  • lookaftermybills.com automatically switches you to the cheapest energy tariff. Another helpful site is My Utility Genius. However, not all the tariffs will necessarily be from providers of renewable energy – so be aware!

 

Further learning:

 

‘Understand the disruptive potential of blockchain in the energy sector’

This free online course from Future Learn will help you to understand how blockchain works, as well as the background, value proposition and geopolitical context that brought it to the centre of everyone’s attention.

The course will offer a clear overview of how and why blockchain will take over the energy sector, optimising old processes and empowering the customers like never before. This will create a new paradigm, where users can buy and sell energy from and to each other – making local and renewable energy an even more rewarding.

 

Understanding Energy Storage: The Battery Revolution

With more energy coming from renewable sources and a rising demand for stable energy supply, the world needs flexible energy storage. Batteries might be the answer.

On this free online course from Future Learn, you will learn about the applications of energy storage in different sectors including transport and power. You will examine the benefits of using battery energy storage for industrial products, like in underground mining. You will also discover the battery production supply chain.

 

Approaches to community consultation and engagement 

This document from the Centre for Sustainable Energy can provide some inspiration about the critical stage of engaging with new and existing communities!