Yearly Archives: 2013

Winter Wellbeing Partnership Tackles Winter Deaths

Press release issued by Cornwall Council on 17th January 2013. Over 30 organisations across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are getting together for a third year to run ‘Winter Wellbeing’, a campaign that aims to reduce preventable winter deaths and help those at risk of ill-health and fuel poverty. Winter Wellbeing provides information, advice and practical help for people at risk of the effects from cold and damp housing. This includes a helpline providing advice and referrals to agencies …

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Illogan Green Ripple Project scoops award for pioneering work on domestic renewable energy

The Illogan Green Ripple Project, steered by local energy experts Community Energy Plus, has been recognised at The Cornwall Sustainability Awards for its pioneering work in the domestic renewable energy category. The annual awards ceremony is a key date in the calendar for Cornwall’s innovative environmental businesses and sustainability-driven organisations. This year the sector was acknowledged to be in rigorous good health, with fierce competition for each prestigious award. The Green Ripple Project was singled out for praise as it …

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Community Energy Plus helps bring Green Living to Falmouth Students

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Community Energy Plus has teamed up with Falmouth and Exeter Students Union to help implement an exciting new sustainability initiative called the Green Living Project. The aim is to create a generation of environmentally aware students through education, engagement and employment. The project incorporates two strands – waste and energy. Community Energy Plus will be focusing on energy usage in private student accommodation, aiming to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency and educate students in pro-environmental behaviour. Woodlane and Tremough …

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A new era for business as Cornwall is recognised as a Social Enterprise Zone

Press release issued by Cornwall College on 3rd December 2013. Cornwall is a place that has long been at the forefront of innovation, but still faces huge challenges, in regards to financial wellbeing and social inclusion. Despite over 10 years of major EU investment, household incomes in Cornwall remain the lowest in the UK. Businesses and organisations across Cornwall, to include Community Energy Plus, Cornwall College, the Eden Project, Fifteen Cornwall, the Real Ideas Organisation and the School for Social …

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Policy changes threaten Cornwall’s insulation aspirations

The government has announced plans today (2 December 2013) to reduce the impact of energy price rises, worth an average of £50 for British householders.  This will be achieved by reducing the amount that consumers pay towards social and environmental programmes. An estimated £30-£35 of this reduction will come from reducing the cost of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation element of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – an energy efficiency scheme delivered by the major energy suppliers. Community Energy Plus …

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Community Energy Plus excel at the Cornwall Voluntary Sector Awards

Community Energy Plus’s contribution to Cornwall’s thriving voluntary sector has been recognised by the Camborne-based charity and social enterprise achieving recognition in two categories at this year’s Cornwall Voluntary Sector Forum Awards. The awards ceremony was held at The Eden Project on Thursday 28th November to celebrate the achievements of the voluntary sector in Cornwall, helping to engage the wider public, raise awareness of the progressive work taking place and fostering connections between organisations to facilitate future projects. Community Energy …

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Measuring wind turbine noise

Consultation services available for wind and solar developments in Cornwall

Measuring wind turbine noise

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced on the 18th November 2013 that any development of more than two turbines, or any single turbine over 15m high, will now need to undergo a pre-application consultation with the local community. The DCLG expects the new measure to come in force by the end of this year. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles explained the reasoning behind the change in policy: “From day one communities should be centre stage in crafting plans …

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Testing the case for renewable energy in Cornwall – the tourism debate

One of the commonly-cited concerns regarding the presence of wind turbines and solar farms in Cornwall is that they may have a negative effect on the tourist experience, jeopardising the number of people visiting the county and putting incomes from tourism at risk. However a recent study commissioned by Good Energy suggested that such fears are unfounded. Good Energy, which provides its customers with energy from 100% renewable sources, felt there was a lack of real evidence to inform the …

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Working together

Keeping Cornwall warm with over 2 million litres of oil

Working together

The Community Energy Club, run by Cornwall’s independent energy experts Community Energy Plus, has experienced another successful year of growth in 2013. The achievements of the group were topped off by reaching a major landmark in November, with 2 million litres of oil ordered for its members. This has resulted in an average saving of £62.38 per household and a total saving of nearly £50,981.10 since the club started operating in November 2011. Now with 2,214 subscribers, the Community Energy …

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Projects supported by Community Energy Plus shortlisted for awards

Solar panel installer

The Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2013 shortlist has now been announced and includes two innovative projects supported by the work of Community Energy Plus. The Illogan Green Ripple Project aimed to engage a whole community with the benefits of domestic renewable installations and hence is in the running for two awards – Best Community and Domestic Renewable Energy Scheme. The holistic approach of the Green Ripple Project set out to raise levels of education and awareness around energy usage, instigating behavioural …

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Help for West Cornwall households concerned about winter fuel bills

Householders in West Cornwall who are worried about the rising costs of keeping warm this winter can find out how to reduce their energy bills at an ‘Energy Best Deal’ workshop. The free workshop is being held at Age Concern, St Just on Tuesday 26th November, 10.30am to 12pm by Community Energy Plus.  It is part of the ‘Energy Best Deal’ project which is run by Citizens Advice and Ofgem and has been funded by energy suppliers to provide help …

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Ladock community-owned wind turbine

Renewable Energy – Taking Stock

Ladock community-owned wind turbine

In the first of a series of articles exploring Cornwall’s relationship with renewable installations, Community Energy Plus outlines the need for harnessing sustainable forms of energy on a global to local scale. Introduction Differences of opinion regarding Cornwall’s commitment to renewable energy and the visibility of wind turbines and solar arrays in the county have been rumbling away for some time. Despite studies which show that the overwhelming majority of people nationally support renewable power generation (Cardiff University recently found …

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Community Energy Plus expands services

Community Energy Plus has extended the energy advice services it offers to householders in Cornwall after achieving Green Deal Assessor Organisation accreditation. The accreditation to the government approved and regulated scheme coincides with the charity and social enterprise’s energy advisors becoming qualified as Green Deal Assessors.  Community Energy Plus already offers a Freephone advice line (0800 954 1956) and range of services to help householders enjoy warmer, more energy efficient homes.  By launching a Green Deal Assessment service they can …

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Community Energy Plus responds to the Hinkley C announcement

Community Energy Plus logo

On the 21st October 2013 the government announced that a new reactor will be built at Hinkley in Somerset, signalling a new generation of nuclear power plants. Community Energy Plus considers the implications for the renewable energy sector in light of the announcement. Nuclear power undoubtedly presents a dilemma for the environmentally conscious. We have to weigh up the benefits of this low or zero carbon technology with the troubling legacy of the radioactive waste it generates. Nuclear waste is …

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Cornwall Home Show, Autumn 2013

The Cornwall Home Show is a unique event in the county’s calendar for householders wishing to make improvements of all scales and varieties to their property over the coming months. The exhibition is taking place at Kingsley Village, just off the A30 at Fraddon on the 26th and 27th October. Those registering in advance via the Cornwall Home Show website can visit free of charge, or simply pay £2 on the door. More than 40 exhibitors will be gathered together, …

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Cornwall Sustainability Awards 2013

The 11th Annual Cornwall Sustainability Awards are underway, with applications now being invited until 21st October 2013. The awards have helped to establish Cornwall as a hub for sustainable innovation, efficient design and forward-thinking community projects. Previous winners have benefited from this highly regarded endorsement of their work, as well as the chance to go forward and seek national recognition off the back of the awards. If your business is interested in applying, click here to find out which categories …

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