Our Energy Challenge

January 29th, 2014 by Dr Barbara Hammond

This is an edited version of Barbara Hammond’s speech at the launch of OxFutures, Said Business School on 24th January 2014.           The main story for Oxfordshire last year was closure of half of Didcot power station in March. The key question is what resources do we have in the County to replace Didcot A? Green & … Read more…

Launch of the Government’s first ever Community Energy Strategy

January 27th, 2014 by Dr Barbara Hammond

As part of the Community Energy Contact Group and the Community Energy Coalition I have been working with Government to create the Community Energy Strategy launched by Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change today. The Strategy is a turning point in developing community energy in the UK. It has been welcomed by a coalition … Read more…

Call for evidence on community energy

August 5th, 2013 by Dr Barbara Hammond

Along with the Community Action Group Project (CAG), the Low Carbon Hub have now submitted a paper to the Department of Energy and Climate Change on the Call for Evidence for Community Energy. We have had feedback from nine community groups and support from many others across the county. The survey seeks evidence, views and ideas for Government to look … Read more…

DECC calls for evidence on community energy

June 6th, 2013 by Dr Barbara Hammond

Ed Davey “wants to see community energy projects rolled out across the country” (see article in The Guardian). DECC have just launched a call for evidence for community energy. They believe that community energy is on the rise and has the potential to achieve more in the UK: “offering solutions where Government action is not enough.” To work out how … Read more…

Moral case for sustainability more effective than economic?

February 14th, 2013 by Dr Barbara Hammond

Over the past five years, a simple idea about the best way of promoting sustainable behaviour has taken root, and grown. The idea, that the best way to encourage people to adopt sustainable behaviours because it will save them money, is a flawed and potentially counter-productive strategy. In an experiment conducted at a petrol station in Holland, researchers found that … Read more…

Clean Energy Revolution

February 11th, 2013 by Dr Barbara Hammond

In the UK, people are currently passive consumers when it comes to energy, at the mercy of wholesale gas price rises and large profit-making providers. There is a need to change the relationship between people and energy to one where communities own, control and benefit from their own renewable energy projects. Community-owned renewable energy has the potential to deliver significant … Read more…

Outcome of the phase 2b FiT consultation on non-solar technologies

July 26th, 2012 by Dr Barbara Hammond

The outcome of the 2b FiT consultation came out the 20th July with some positive outcomes for community energy schemes. Summary of the key points The changes will be implemented from 1 December 2012. An intermediate band for microhydro has been added for 100–500kWe schemes, with a tariff of 15.5p/kWh. There will be a degression mechanism for all technologies other … Read more…

Outcome of the phase 2a FiT consultation on solar pv

June 12th, 2012 by Dr Barbara Hammond

The response from Government on the Phase 2a review of the solar PV FiT came out on 28th May. summary The response document sets out the Government’s decision on solar PV installations from the 1st August 2012. It confirms a number of key changes to the scheme: a reduction in tariffs for solar PV from 1st August 2012, see Ofgem … Read more…

Hub research & development projects

June 11th, 2012 by Dr Barbara Hammond

Over the last few months the Low Carbon Hub has commissioned research to help our organisation develop a community energy strategy for Oxfordshire. We want to link current “thinking” to future “action” Did you know that there are 67 community groups in Oxfordshire actively pursuing low carbon projects? This is probably the densest coverage of local groups in the UK … Read more…

Low carbon hub response to the phase 2 review of the FiT for non-solar pv technologies

April 17th, 2012 by Dr Barbara Hammond

This has been a marathon effort, but we are now approaching the finishing line on giving feedback on all the Government FiT consultations. Last time we looked at the review for the solar PV FiT, this time we are looking at the FiT for all other renewable technologies. Crucially, we have included what we think should be done for communities … Read more…