Community energy projects held back by government’s “green crap” attitude

Community energy projects are being held back by inadequate Government support, says a research report from University of East Anglia (UEA). Why does this matter? After all, community energy projects are small scale and aren’t going to change the world.

Still, the UK government’s 2009 Low Carbon Transition Plan places a lot of emphasis on the role of households and communities in reducing energy use and developing low carbon electricity generation, so presumably the Government that once declared itself the “greenest government ever” would want community energy to thrive.

But that was before David Cameron was reported as saying it was time to get rid of all the “green crap”.

Update 20.3.2022: The Observer reported yesterday that Cameron’s decision to cut ‘green crap’ now costs each household in England £150 a year. An analysis by Carbon Brief shows that energy bills in the UK are nearly £2.5bn higher than they would have been if climate policies had not been scrapped over the past decade. The Observer summarised:

“Analysis by Carbon Brief looked at the cumulative effect of ending onshore wind subsidies, cutting energy efficiency funding and scrapping a programme to make all new homes carbon neutral. It also factored in cuts to solar energy subsidies.

“With the energy price cap already at £1,277 a year and rising to £1,971 in less than a fortnight and an expected £3,000 in October, the analysis found that maintaining the green policies would have reduced energy costs by £8.3bn a year for the economy overall, part of which would equate to £150 a year per household.”

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Green Party Public Meeting, Dec 3rd in Hebden Bridge: Fighting for Fairness

At a public meeting on 3rd December in Hebden Bridge Town Hall, Shan Oakes – one of the Green Party’s Prospective European Parliamentary Candidates for Yorkshire & Humber – will speak on Fighting for Fairness: from Local to Global.

All are welcome at the 7.30pm meeting in the HB Town Hall Terrace Room. Calderdale Green Party is organising the meeting.

People who are attending the Planning Committee meeting at 6pm in Halifax Town Hall may be able to get back to Hebden Bridge in time for this meeting, if they’re so inclined.
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H.B. Public meeting this evening! Fracking: a future we don’t want or need

Calderdale Green Party is hosting a Public Meeting in Hebden Bridge Town Hall on Tuesday 10th September, 7.30pm, to explain its policy that fracking isn’t necessary or desirable.

The speaker is Kirklees Green Party Councillor Andrew Cooper.

Andrew is also the Green Party lead candidate for the Yorkshire and Humber region in the European Elections 2014 and the national party’s Energy spokesperson.

(Header photo credit: Green Party)