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

Local Charity wins the battle to find funding

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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Hayle residents generate cash for community facilities by saving electricity

An innovative project launched in Hayle at the beginning of the year is well on the way to reaching ambitious targets for saving electricity, while gaining rewards for the community at the same time. For every kilowatt hour residents in two areas of Hayle – Trelissick and Tremorva – are able to shave off their usage, a donation of cash is pledged to the two community funds. Each fund has now surpassed the £1,000 mark, with overall targets of £5,000 …

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Measuring wind turbine noise

Consultation services available for wind and solar developments in Cornwall

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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Community Energy Plus responds to the Hinkley C announcement

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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Community projects supported by Council’s green loan fund

Press release issued by Cornwall Council Renewable energy projects set up with the aim of benefitting local communities have been successful in applying for a loan to make their schemes a reality. Schemes in Gorran, Halvasso, Helford and St Enoder will borrow a total of around £500,000 from a revolving loan fun administered by The Low Carbon Society and supported by the Council’s Green Cornwall programme. By producing their own energy the groups can ensure their local communities, as well …

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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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Loft Insulation

Insulation scheme continues to keep Cornish homes cosy

A Cornwall Council funded insulation scheme which has helped 2737 households in the past year to save a combined total of around £400,000 [1] on their annual heating bills has pledged to help another 2900 homes over the coming months. The Cornish sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus is working in partnership with Cornwall Council to offer homeowners and private tenants in Cornwall a significantly discounted offer for loft and cavity wall insulation at £99 for each type of insulation. …

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Blue School holds Green Day

Pupils at St Columb Minor School (known as the Blue School) swapped their usual timetable on Tuesday (7th September) for a day learning about sustainable energy and global citizenship as part of the school’s annual ‘One World Week’. During the Green Day students took part in a variety of workshops including a wind turbine building session delivered by the education team of Cornwall’s leading sustainable energy charity Community Energy Plus. Gill Harper, the school’s business manager, said: “Our Green Day …

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Cash rewards for renewable energy generation welcomed

Confirmation from the Government that households and community-scale renewable energy projects will receive cash rewards for generating electricity have been welcomed by Community Energy Plus – Cornwall’s leading charity delivering local solutions to fuel poverty, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Following a consultation last summer, the government has today (1 February) published the feed-in-tariff (FITs) levels, which have been set higher than the levels proposed in the consultation document.  From 1st April, households and communities will be able to receive …

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Christmas bonus for energy saving pensioners

A couple from Halsetown, near St Ives, received an unexpected present a few days before Christmas after winning Community Energy Plus’s £250 prize draw. Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s award winning charity that delivers local solutions to fuel poverty and energy efficiency, arranged for free loft insulation to be fitted to Guy and Erica Sutcliffe’s home in October.  The couple were automatically entered into a prize draw with householders in Cornwall over the age of 70 or in receipt of certain …

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ANTs invade Children’s Centres in West Cornwall

Children’s centres across West Cornwall have joined a campaign to address fuel poverty in Cornwall. On Friday (18th December) local MP Andrew George joined staff from Community Energy Plus, Cornwall’s award winning charity that delivers local solutions to fuel poverty and energy efficiency, at a fun information session for parents and children at St Just & Pendeen Children’s Centre. Community Energy Plus’s Warm Me Up! campaign is working with key partner organisations, including the Primary Care Trust, to deliver fuel …

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