Living with Renewables – How do we manage energy demand?
On 12th March 2020 the BWCE Supporters Network ran an event at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution to explore the challenge of balancing energy demand with increasing levels of intermittent renewable energy. The event presented the challenge and potential solutions, and enabled participants to start exploring what we can do to make sure it’s not left to the large energy companies to control and benefit from the low carbon energy transition. It was great to see so many people involved and to be a part of a positive and thought provoking evening. We are looking forward to continuing the discussion through online webinars, if not face to face in the short term.
Supporting Community Energy
On 24th October 2019 the BWCE Supporters Network ran this event at Manvers Street Baptist Church in Bath to share BWCE plans for the next year and explore how supporters could help us to achieve them. Through presentations and small group discussions participants addressed the following questions:
- Can we install more rooftop solar on public and commercial buildings?
- Can we develop community owned wind power in our local area?
Following the event we launched our new Community Solar 2020 project.
Support for Environmental Projects in B&NES
On 18th September 2019 BWCE collaborated with 3SG, the B&NES 3rd Sector Network, and B&NES Council to run an event at Bath City Football Club to share resources and support for groups working on environmental projects. This included information on the BWCE Community Fund. See presentations from the event.
BWCE’s AGM 2019
BWCE held it’s 2019 AGM on 14th September at Komedia. Members heard about the latest plans for how community energy can help address the climate crisis. See more information on the 2019 AGM, including all the presentations.
The Past, Present & Future of Community Energy
On Saturday 15th June 2019 BWCE and Comtek organised an event on the Past, Present & Future of Community Energy to raise awareness of the history of alternative/renewable technology locally and emphasise the importance of community energy today and in the future in responding to climate change. The Museum of Bath at Work hosted the event to coincide with an exhibition celebrating 50 years since the setting up of Bath Arts Workshop, including Comtek (Community Technology), which was concerned with ecological issues, recycling, alternative technology and the future of sustainable living on a local level. The event was chaired by Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge and Fully Charged) and included contributions from Max Wakefield from 10:10 Climate Action, former Comtek members and BWCE.
Taking the Heat out of Climate Conversations
On 31st January 2019, despite the arrival of snow, 30 people attended our ‘Taking the Heat out of Climate Conversations’ workshop at the Museum of Bath at Work. Guided by facilitators Susan Johnson (Zero West) and Paul Hoggett (Climate Psychology Alliance) we explored how to have more positive climate conversations with friends, family, neighbours and work colleagues. It was a practical workshop, mixing small group conversations with input on psychological theory to help us explore the resistances and ethical dilemmas we encounter when trying to talk about climate change.