Tel. 01992 531620
Hertfordshire Sustainability Forum,
Environmental Services, East Herts Council,
Wallfields, Pegs Lane,
Hertford SG13 8EQ
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In January 2014 the UK Government produced a Community Energy Strategy, which recognised the important role local communities can play in generating, reducing, managing or purchasing energy and the range of benefits that this can bring.
“Putting communities in control of the energy they use can help maintain energy security and tackle climate change; help people save money on their energy bills; and have wider social and economic benefits.” Community Energy Strategy, 2014
This year’s HSF conference focused on Community Energy in Hertfordshire. This conference was timely for taking account of the UK Government’s proposed removal of incentives for generation of renewable energy and for considering the global context with the approaching UN Climate Summit in Paris.
The conference bought together a range of stakeholders, as well as HSF member organisations, including CDA Herts, the University of Hertfordshire, Transition Town groups and parish councils. It looked at the progress of community energy projects nationally and locally, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities for joint working and developing further projects in Hertfordshire.
Community energy groups currently active in Hertfordshire are:
CDA Herts facilitates Hertfordshire's Community Energy Network. If you would like to find out more or attend a future meeting contact Tim Hayward-Smith,
Grand Union Community Energy