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February promises to be a busy month for Community Energy.
  • Søren Hermansen will be giving a public talk on Monday 20th Feb.
  • The Community Energy Congress will be held in Melbourne on 27-28th Feb and there are at least 15 South Australians attending - it's not too late to sign up!
  • Does this herald the start of some community energy action in South Australia? There are a number of groups starting to develop projects and we would like to hear about yours too.
  • Chris Picton MP will be speaking at the congress, so I have written an explainer - What is community energy? This will help you understand the many forms community energy can take and some of the models available to copy.
  • Finally, I have tried to capture the relevant learning from my Churchill Fellowship last year.
Details for all these initiatives below:

100% Renewable Energy Communities with Søren Hermansen

We are lucky to have international community energy expert, Søren Hermansen in Adelaide for one night only. What's relevant to South Australia in Søren's story is the way Samsø created its energy transition, largely from within the community's own resources. Søren was instrumental in bringing the community on this journey from skepticism to belief in the benefits of clean energy independence and the new economy it can create.

Come along to be inspired by the Samsø story and to find out what you need to know to help set our state on its own journey.

February 20, 2017 at 6pm - 7:30pm
The Joinery
111 Franklin St
Google map and directions
Register NOW

C4CE Community Energy Congress

The Community Energy Congress is packed with inspiring speakers and practical sessions to get your community energy project underway. The business models breakout sessions will look at Donation, Investment and Bulk Buy models. I have written about these in my briefing note.
If you are arriving on the Sunday evening, be sure to catch myself and Chris Cooper talking about our Churchill Fellowships. 5:30pm Sun 26th Feb,Tuxedo Cat, 293 La Trobe Street, Melboune.
This will be a great opportunity to meet others in the community energy sector

If you haven't already, sign up now! 27 and 28 February, Melbourne Town Hall

Add your Community Energy project to the map

We are trying to map all groups who are genuinely planning on delivering a community energy project.
You can check out the map here, and it might occur to you that there are more groups than projects - which is something the Congress aims to address.
If your group is on its way to building something, please fill in this form and your data will be added to the map.

What is Community Energy?

Community energy can bring economic benefits to local citizens, it can strengthen communities’ social ties and it can offer solutions to our energy challenges. So what is community energy exactly?

In my latest blog, I’ve described the variety of initiatives that could be described as ‘Community Energy’. In particular I’ve looked at three financial models in operation in Australia – donations, investments and bulk buys. I've also touched on community activism leading to greater community control and community-led energy program delivery. In comparison to other countries, we could do much more in South Australia.

Heather Smith, Churchill Fellow

Many of you will be aware that I traveled last year to investigate community energy and its role in provoking change within our energy systems.
I concluded that regardless of the scale of community energy achieved, we are creating an essential conversation about what we value in a future energy system.
You can read my full Fellowship Report via the Churchill website and I have prepared this summary for the community energy sector. I will be speaking on the eve of the Community Energy Congress and would welcome other opportunities to speak about my Churchill experiences.
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