2018 AGM

BWCE’s 2018 AGM was held on Saturday 8thSeptember at All Saints Centre in Weston, Bath. We were delighted to welcome nearly 50 members, bondholders and interested observers.

We would like to thank everyone who attended, those who voted on line who couldn’t attend and all those who stood for election. Your active participation in BWCE’s work and development of new projects is vital if we are to meet our vision of being an area able to supply decreasing local energy demand with increasing generation from renewable energy, driven by collective action and community ownership.

Presentations from the AGM can be downloaded here

Our audited accounts for the year can be seen here.

A report on our finances and our proposals for member and community fund payments for the year can be seen here.

A report on project performance and the impact of lower than average levels of sunshine can be seen here.

AGM Motions

The AGM supported the following motions:

  • Adopt the Annual Accounts for the year ended 31stMarch 2018;
  • Approve 6% interest on shares held by members;
  • Approve £30,000 allocated to the Community Fund; and
  • Reappoint of Alanbrookes Ltd as BWCE’s auditors.

BWCE Board elections

We would like to thank all those who stood for election to BWCE’s Board this year: Nicolette Boater, Peter Harvey, Pam Penkman and Ash Sharma.

Pam Penkman was re-elected together with Peter Harvey.

Community Funds

We heard inspiring stories from 3 recipients of the community funds during the last year:

  • Friends of Roundhill School, a group of parents and teacher who used their grant to provide training for the site manager on efficient use of the school boiler and the formation of the school’s environment team. The grant has inspired the group to do further environmental work in the school. They have saved an estimated £4,000 with their grant of £650.
  • Centre for Sustainable Energy, have provided advice to BANES residents to alleviate fuel poverty.
  • Bath Repair Café: have continued to develop a network of repair cafés in Bath. They also plan to work more closely with schools.

Looking ahead to 2018/19

Attendees also heard more about our plans for the next year and everyone enthusiastically participated in contributing ideas for how we can use existing networks and community contacts to build our community outreach work, specifically the take up of the local energy supply offer. Nick Bird, who joined BWCE’s staff team in August, will be leading this work.  Expect to hear more from him in the coming months about how you can get involved.

Jane Stephenson
Chair, BWCE