Yearly Archives: 2012

Isles of Scilly Survey

Community Energy Plus and Council of the Isles of Scilly to uncover Islands energy habits

Isles of Scilly Survey

Residents on the Isles of Scilly have been given the opportunity to identify their home energy priorities by reporting on their energy use and home heating. A survey going out to householders throughout November and December is the start of three years of work by Cornish charity Community Energy Plus and the Council of the Isles of Scilly to establish the best ways to help islanders use less energy and manage costs, with the added benefit of reducing the carbon …

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Partnership win £250,000 funding for Winter Wellness campaign to help reduce Winter Deaths

Winter Wellbeing Poster 2012 sml

Winter Wellness, the multi agency campaign aimed at reducing preventable winter deaths, is celebrating two successful funding bids totalling over £250,000. Cornwall Council and Council of the Isles of Scilly have once again co-ordinated a successful bid to the Department of Health’s Warm Homes Healthy People fund and has received confirmation of a grant of ££221,818. In addition to this funding, £30,000 from Cornwall Works 50+ and Cornwall Works 50+ Cares, supported by the European Social Fund Convergence Programme has …

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Donna, Nicola + Sarah Newton MP

Sarah Newton MP welcomes Community Energy Plus to Parliament

Donna, Nicola + Sarah Newton MP

Sarah Newton, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth, last week welcomed representatives of the Cornish charity, Community Energy Plus, to the House of Commons to share their experiences of difficulties with the domestic heating oil market. As the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Off-Grid Gas is currently carrying out an inquiry into the heating oil price rises and seeing if anything can be done to protect consumers and make the market work more efficiently, Sarah invited Community Energy Plus …

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Bodmin Rugby Club

Multi-million pound fund secured by local charity and Cornish installers to offer free solar PV

Bodmin Rugby Club

Local charity Community Energy Plus has re-launched its Solar Communities project, which last year saw 22 buildings benefitting from 177kW of free solar PV. Community Energy Plus, the Camborne-based sustainable energy charity, has bought together investors and local installers to fund roof-mounted solar PV. The re-launch also sees the scheme extended so that not only community buildings but also commercial premises and domestic properties can benefit from free electricity. The charity has secured a multi-million pound fund to invest in …

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Oil Buying Club shortlisted for National Community Buying Innovation Prize

A community oil buying club for Cornwall is in the running for a £60k community buying innovation prize after making it through to the final stage of the ‘Buy Better Together Challenge’.   Community Energy Plus’s oil buying club (www.communityenergyclub.org.uk), which was launched last autumn, is the only project in the South West to make it onto the shortlist.  Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary later this year, Community Energy Plus is a social enterprise employing a team of 21 at the …

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Cornwall gets together to revolutionise energy market

The people of Cornwall are uniting to launch a ground-breaking free collective purchasing scheme, calledCornwallTogether, which aims to save Cornish households hundreds of pounds on their fuel bills, and reap huge social benefits for the Cornish community. The revolutionary scheme, launched on 23rd July 2012 at the Eden Project, by Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, will enable people across Cornwall to join together as a single powerful unit to negotiate cheaper energy bills – delivering Cornish households …

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Shortlist announced for £60,000 Community Buying Challenge Prize

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MEDIA RELEASE ISSUED JOINTLY BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR BUSINESS INNOVATION & SKILLS AND CO-OPERATIVES UK. A rural oil provider and a discount website for household essentials are among a shortlist of seven organisations in the running for a £60k community buying innovation prize, it was announced today. The shortlist for the ‘Buy Better Together Challenge’ – an exciting initiative to inspire new models of community buying – includes co-operatives, social enterprises, non-profit organisations and charities. The community challenge prize, which was …

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Loft Insulation

Cornish householders offered free insulation

Loft Insulation

Householders in Cornwall are being encouraged to act quickly to take advantage of a Cornwall Council backed free loft and cavity wall insulation scheme before funding runs out later this year. Cornwall Council has previously provided funding for free insulation to householders over the age of 70 or in receipt of qualifying benefits.   For a limited time Cornwall Council is extending its free insulation offer to all homeowners and private tenants in Cornwall. The offer is subject to availability and …

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Shopping prize for Penwith energy survey winners

Penzance resident Hilary Farmer has been the lucky recipient of Co-op shopping vouchers worth £100 after winning one of the top prizes in Transition Penwith’s energy survey prize draw. Hilary was one of 765 households in Penwith that responded to the district-wide home energy survey carried out by Community Energy Plus to provide Transition Penwith with valuable insight into local interest in renewable energy. Lesley Bradley-Peer, Chair of Transition Penwith said “The high response rate indicates that the people of …

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Cornwall’s Independent Energy Experts gain International Quality Mark

Community Energy Plus, the Cornish social enterprise which provides services for householders, communities and businesses to reduce their energy use and harness the potential of renewable energy resources, has achieved the prestigious ISO 9001 standard for its Quality Management Systems. The Camborne based social enterprise, which secured the ISO 14001 accreditation for its Environmental Management Systems in 2010, was awarded the internationally recognised quality mark after an independent assessment of its quality control processes by the systems and services certification …

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Invitation to Tender

Community Energy Plus is inviting tenders for the appointment of a contractor for the survey, supply and fit of various heating measures within existing domestic properties in Cornwall. The tender is accessible from the Tenders in Cornwall website or can be emailed on request by contacting Nicola McCheyne on 01209 614975 or emailing [email protected] Submissions must be completed and returned to Community Energy Plus by 5pm on 9th July 2012.

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Community Power Cornwall shortlisted for European Energy Action Award

Community Power Cornwall, a pioneering cooperative that enables local communities to own and benefit from renewable energy installations, has been shortlisted for the Managenergy Local Energy Action Award from the European Union. The company is one of only three innovative finalists out of a record 64 submissions from 23 countries. The Managenergy Local Energy Action Awards are won by companies that show successful sustainable energy initiatives at local and regional levels. The pioneering co-operative that is Community Power Cornwall was …

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South East Cornwall coastal communities asked for input on £1m funding bid

Communities living on the South East Coast of Cornwall are being encouraged to help shape a bid for a community project which, if successful, could bring up to £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund into their area for a project lasting up to five years. A short online sustainability survey can be completed online at www.cep.org.uk or over the phone through Community Energy Plus’s independent energy advice centre on 0800 954 1956.  Responses are needed before 25th May. Possible …

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Plans for a greener future for Fowey to go on show

Fowey’s plans to become a beacon community, leading the way in the delivery of community-owned renewable energy projects, have taken a major step forward as Fowey Renewable Energy Enterprise (FREE) prepares to update the wider local community of its plans on Saturday (28th April). A drop-in event at the Town Hall between 11 and 3pm will give locals a chance to view the group’s proposals for installing renewable technologies at ten sites across the town, for which ten planning applications …

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Cornish communities in £1 million bid to live more sustainably

A project to help communities living on the South East Coast of Cornwall to live in a more sustainable way and cope with the impacts of climate change has won a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Communities Living Sustainably initiative so that it can bid for up to £1 million for a project lasting up to five years. Over the next three months the Cornish social enterprise Community Energy Plus will be developing a detailed bid in partnership …

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National Charity awards local Heat Hero Alec

The work of Community Energy Plus’s Alec Rice to alleviate fuel poverty in Cornwall has been recognised by NEA, the national fuel poverty charity, which have named Alec as one of their ‘Heat Heroes’. The award scheme was launched by NEA and ScottishPower to celebrate the national charity’s 30th Anniversary and to coincide with the launch of NEA’s Fuel Poverty Awareness day which took place on the 10th February 2012. The awards have recognised 12 individuals who have gone ‘above …

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