Calling all Community Energy Projects in Greater Manchester…
The Community Owned And Led Energy for Security, Climate Change and Employment project, or rather the snappier ‘COALESCCE’ for short, will commence with research across Greater Manchester (UK), Germany, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary to establish the current situation in the sector and its potential for expansion. This research will result in Action Plans being developed which will then have a 2 year implementation phase at the end of the project.
In the first 12 months the focus will be on interviewing community energy organisations, private sector organisations either currently or potentially in the community energy supply chain, universities and colleges offering courses which are relevant to community energy and any other organisations which might be interested. These organisations across the sector will form a local stakeholder group for the project.
Oldham Council is leading the project, both for Greater Manchester and the project as a whole. Oldham’s Deputy Leader Councillor Abdul Jabbar said,
“The community energy sector is still small here in Greater Manchester compared to other European countries such as Germany, where the sector owns more than half of all renewable energy generation, but it has huge potential to create employment opportunities and ensure that all of the benefits are kept local. As a co-operative council, Oldham is delighted to be leading this initiative.”
If either your organisation or any organisations you know of would be interested in taking part in this project and potentially joining the GM stakeholder group, please email Andy Hunt who will be in touch with a view to meeting up for an interview.
Photo left to right: Bill Edwards - Oldham Community Power; Karen Leeson – Renewable Energy 4 Business; Dave Wilkinson – Chair, Networking in East Oldham Neighbourhoods (NEON); Andrew Hunt – Oldham Council; Cllr Abdul Jabbar – Deputy Leader, Oldham Council; Leila Sharland – Sharenergy.
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Contributed by Andrew Hunt
Andy Hunt is a director of Bury Community Hydro and Greater Manchester Community Renewables, working with a number of Greater Manchester local authorities on community energy and other low carbon programmes.
He also has experience in eco-renovation of a traditional Victorian terrace, woodland management and permaculture, and in his ‘spare’ time volunteers with North West 4x4 Response supporting the emergency services in extreme weather events.