Yearly Archives: 2014

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Join the Big Energy Race!

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The Big Energy Race* is a national initiative to help community groups and individuals to take control of their bills and reduce how much they are spending on energy. The Race will see numerous community groups from regions across England, Scotland and Wales register to take part by January 2015. Big Energy Race will engage 25,000 households and ultimately reach over one million people. Community groups across the country sign up as ‘teams’, and compete with other groups around the …

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Winter Wellbeing – coming soon to a cold home near you!

This will be the fourth year that organisations across Cornwall have joined forces 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 won the Community Action Awards run by national fuel poverty charity NEA in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas.  The awards recognise excellence and innovation in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency …

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Hayle residents learn that ‘Less is More’ as part of slow cooking revolution

19 households from the Tremorva and Trelissick areas of Hayle recently discovered that there really is such a thing as a free meal when they took part in a free slow cooking event. Organised by local charity and social enterprise Community Energy Plus as part of Western Power Distribution’s ‘Less Is More’ project, households living in the two project areas within Hayle were invited to come along and learn about cooking using the ‘slow and low’ method to turn inexpensive ingredients into a feast. …

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Open day to promote benefits of community-owned turbines

On Saturday 1st November, Community Power Cornwall will be hosting a celebratory event at the base of the first community-owned wind turbines in Cornwall. The turbines were installed by Community Power Cornwall working with Transition St Goran at Gorran Highlanes in 2011, and have now generated over 1 million kWh, powering the equivalent of 221 UK homes annually. The event marks the final weeks of the current share offer; a golden opportunity for local residents who want to own shares …

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Community Power Cornwall Share Offer Extended

Community Power Cornwall, a pioneering social purpose co-operative created to help local people own and benefit from renewable energy generation, is extending its current community share offer. Scheduled to close on the 14th September, the share offer will now run until 28th November to allow more people to join the growing community energy movement. Over £180,000 shares have already been applied for, eclipsing the co-operative’s first share offer in 2011 which raised £80,000. “The overwhelming response is evidence that people …

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Community Energy Plus joins Social Saturday!

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Community Energy Plus will be flying the flag for Social Enterprises on Saturday 13th September as they take part in Cornwall’s first Social Saturday Market at White River Place, St Austell from 10am to 4pm. Social Saturday seeks to raise awareness of social enterprise and encourage consumers to unleash their spending power and buy from social enterprises. Social Enterprises which are businesses that trade to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances, or the environment. They make their money …

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Scilly Living Well Day

Community Energy Plus is taking part in Scilly Living Well Day on Tuesday 16th September, 10am – 7pm. The aim for the day is to provide high quality information on a holistic range of health and wellbeing services to the community of the Isles of Scilly. The programme has been devised to cover issues and challenges which face people of all ages, from children’s centre users to members of the Memory Cafe. Topics covered will include memory loss, financial and …

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Wind turbine event generates interest in community share offer

Around 100 people got a close up look at a wind turbine on Saturday (16th August) when Community Power Cornwall held an event to celebrate the launch of their third community owned wind turbine at BF Adventure at Halvasso, near Penryn. Community Power Cornwall is blazing the trail for communities to take an active role in meeting their energy needs through renewable sources, while retaining financial, social and environmental benefits within the county. The 10KW Aircon wind turbine that was …

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Cornwall’s Energy Experts Shortlisted for New National Awards

Community Energy Plus, a charity and social enterprise which has been helping people living and working in Cornwall manage their energy needs since 1998, has been shortlisted for The Community Energy Awards 2014 in two categories. These prestigious new awards recognise the outstanding achievements of those working to establish grassroots energy projects; where the social, environmental and financial benefits are embedded in the local community. The awards also seek to raise awareness of the possibilities afforded by the evolving Community …

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Helping you access ‘Energy Fund Cornwall’

Energyshare recently announced a fund of £300,000 is being made available to community energy projects in Cornwall. There are several ways Community Energy Plus can community groups benefit from this opportunity to kick-start projects and enhance skills. Do you have ideas for an energy project which could benefit the whole community, but don’t know how to go about achieving this? Community Energy Plus and Kabin (The Cornwall Co-operative development body) are applying for a proportion of the Energyshare ‘Formation’ fund …

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Community wind turbine Open Afternoon and Launch Celebration

Saturday 16th August  12.30pm to 5pm  BF Adventure, Halvasso Community Power Cornwall and BF Adventure invite you to an afternoon of fun activities and music to celebrate the launch of the community wind turbine. Take a flight on a zip wire Light refreshments Live music Tour a turbine – get up-close to the Aircon 10kW turbine Watch new short films by Community Power Cornwall The Aircon 10S 10kW wind turbine will provide the charity, which offers outdoor activities for young …

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Community Energy Plus joins the action at Culdrose Air Day

On Thursday 31st July Culdrose will once again throw open its hangers to the public for Air Day, the annual opportunity to “step into the world of Culdrose and experience the sights and sounds of a working military Naval Air Station.” Community Energy Plus will be joining in the fun this year, with our bright new gazebo, friendly energy advisers and a slice or two of cake. Householders in Cornwall will have the chance to talk to us about their …

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Find out more about energy efficiency and renewables at Stithians Show

On Monday 14th July Community Energy Plus will be joining a host of other local enterprises at the largest one day show in Cornwall. Stithians Showground, which is easily accessible from the directions of Falmouth, Truro and Camborne, will be packed with musical entertainment, food courts, craft stalls, fairground rides, horticultural displays and various animal shows. Community Energy Plus will be talking to visitors about how they can manage their energy needs, including help to access government funding or guidance …

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The Warm Me Up! Project has delivered over 300 home visits

Local Charity wins the battle to find funding

The Warm Me Up! Project has delivered over 300 home visits

Local charity and social enterprise Community Energy Plus has won its battle to find funding to replace a faulty boiler, which left a severely disabled young man and his mother without a heating system or hot water for six months. The young man in question is cared for full-time by his mother at their home near St Austell. A loan was taken out to replace the old boiler and, despite using a registered installer and a reliable model, the family …

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Community Power Cornwall launched their second share offer at The Green Cornwall Show

Community Power Cornwall launches second share offer

Community Power Cornwall launched their second share offer at The Green Cornwall Show

Cornish residents have the opportunity to invest in and benefit from local community owned renewable energy generation as Community Power Cornwall has launched its second share issue. Community Power Cornwall is blazing the trail for communities to take an active role in meeting their energy needs through renewable sources, while retaining financial, social and environmental benefits within the county. The pioneering co-operative venture is offering the public community shares worth £735,000 over the next three months.  Its first share issue …

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Cornish households offered ‘golden opportunity’ by launch of Renewable Heat Incentive

A new government initiative to encourage households to switch to renewable forms of heating has been described as a ‘golden opportunity’ by Cornish energy experts Community Energy Plus. The Renewable Heat Incentive was launched on 9th April and is the first scheme of its kind in the world, offering financial incentives worth thousands of pounds for green heating technologies. The incentive is intended to encourage households to make the switch to heating systems that use renewable energy sources. Community Energy …

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