New Members join ACE Team
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Jake Burnyeat as our Energy Consultant from Communities for Renewables CIC to support our work on the feasibility study and Dan Hurring from Another World Productions Ltd, who will be responsible for our community engagement work. This follows the receipt of a grant from the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) via WRAP. RCEF is a fund set up by DECC and Defra. We will soon be announcing details of how to become a member of ACE through this website www.avaloncommunityenergycoop.
FROM OUR PRESS RELEASE
Community Energy Group is Up and Running !!!
A local energy co-operative has just been awarded a Rural Community Energy Fund grant to help kick start a community energy park in the Mendip area.
Avalon Community Energy, or ACE as the group is known, was successful in bidding for the Rural Communities Energy Fund (RCEF). An initial grant of up to £18,300 will pay for investigations into the renewable energy project’s feasibility.
RCEF is a £15 million programme delivered by WRAP and jointly funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). It supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects which provide economic and social benefits for the community. For more information on RCEF, visit www.wrap.org.uk/renewables
The money will help pay for studies to find suitable sites to generate local renewable electricity and heat, alongside local food production. To this end, Jake Burnyeat from Communities for Renewables CIC, has been appointed as their Energy Consultant and Dan Hurring as their Community Engagement Project Officer.
There may be more money on offer to ACE from RCEF to help draw up detailed plans for the energy park once a site is found and feasibility is shown. People living and working in the Mendip area will then be able to buy shares in the community energy project and receive a healthy return on their investment, as well as knowing they have helped build a safe, clean and affordable energy supply for the future. Other profits from the project will be used to help those in fuel poverty in the Mendip area and also develop other sites for renewable energy.
Earlier this year, a survey of community members showed there was overwhelming support for a renewable energy park in the area and this support was key in securing the award. Maddy Milnes, Director of ACE said, “After a year of hard work, community events and surveys, we are delighted to receive this grant money. It means we can really get to work with the community and take a huge step towards securing a safe and secure local energy supply. Renewable energy just makes good environmental and financial sense. We hope local people will continue to get involved with developing this exciting energy park.” Membership of ACE will soon be available via their website:
The Government is supporting community groups such as ACE to develop local energy supplies as an alternative to the ‘Big 6’ companies. ACE are keen to hear from anyone in the Mendip area who supports the energy park project and contact can be made through our website above.