30 December 2013 - Belper in Transition – A Communities Perspective
On the 10th January a range of people representing a variety of community groups, public and private sector organisations will get the opportunity to hear, first hand, from Tesco’s to understand their plans for the acres of land, mostly now derelict, that they own between the A6 and the River Derwent in Belper.
During the discussion many of the projects Transition Belper are engaged in such as the ‘free to attend’ Belper Goes Green festival, the first Derbyshire Youth Market, our Energy Expert Neighbour Network, adopting Belper Train Station, Totally Locally Belper and the setting up of a social enterprise, ADVyCE Ltd, to install and generate renewable energy with a Hydro system on the River Derwent, were discussed. All of the projects involve volunteers from the group but, as importantly, work with existing community groups and organisations, such as the Rugby Club, the Cooperative Bank, Glow-worm, the Rotary Club, the World Heritage team and many more.
29 June 2012 - Belper community group win could spark surge in UK-wide renewable energy
A Belper group has powered its way to the top of a major new national competition designed to energise the community-owned energy sector and bring about a clean energy revolution across the UK.
The “Community Energy Challenge” - launched by The Co-operative in conjunction with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) - has confirmed Transition Belper as one of seven groups across the UK selected to share £200,000 of support including specialist mentoring, enterprise development and technical advice.
The Co-operative wants to see a dramatic increase in community owned renewable energy generation and Transition Belper, dedicated to tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions, beat-off competition from over 120 other hopefuls to win the innovative competition which will support and showcase the nation’s community energy champions - demonstrating replicable technologies and the benefits of community ownership that can leave a lasting legacy for the next generation.
Ian Jackson of Transition Belper said: “We are absolutely delighted. The expertise and support will make a significant difference to our aims of exploring and developing community-owned and run hydro power projects in the Derwent Valley world heritage corridor between Cromford and Derby.
Paul Monaghan, The Co-operative’s Head of Social Goals, said: “The Co-operative’s investment can help to unlock the significant potential that community-owned renewable energy has to offer.
“Community energy can deliver local economic and social benefits in addition to helping the UK to meet its energy and climate change goals however, it can encounter many barriers. Through this competition we will share expertise and provide the tools needed to enable communities to overcome those obstacles and allow them to control, generate and benefit from their own renewable energy.
“Ambitious community-led projects can contribute to a step-change in people’s thinking about energy and, inspire others to take action – we hope to provide a catalyst for a clean energy revolution across the UK.”
The Community Energy Challenge will nurture community projects until they are ready for further investment and build. They will then be eligible for other assistance from The Co-operative including The Co-operative Enterprise Hub’s revolving £400,000 fund to underwrite community share offers, and finance from The Co-operative Bank which has ear-marked £100 million for community renewables.
For further information about Transition Belper email email@example.com or call 07773 667316.
7th February 2012
On Monday 6th February, Transition Belper learnt they were one of the 155 community groups in the UK to win a share of the Local Energy Assessment Fund – seeding community energy action. Winning the bid will allow the Belper group to complete several projects to help accelerate Belper’s progress to becoming a lower carbon community, where energy supply is both secure and affordable. With the projects listed below Belper will better understand its potential for improvements in energy efficiency and local deployment of renewable energy.
The total value of the projects, that must be completed by the 31st March 2012, is over £50,000.
The LEAF funding, from the government (only announced in December 2011), was worked on by the team over the Christmas period and submitted by the 20th January deadline, supported by the Amber Valley Borough Council.
A follow up public meeting will be organised at the end of the project to share the results of the surveys and discuss the plans for the future. The Transition Belper group is keen for as many people in Belper to get involved in, and benefit from this work.
To get on the regular electronic newsletter and find out what’s happening just send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also keep up with activities and events planned by checking out the new Transition Belper website www.transitionbelper.org .
Transition Belper is a group of local volunteers whose purpose is to respond to the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change by developing resilience at a community level.
20th December 2011
On 20th December 2011 we received notification that Transition Belper has moved beyond the 'Mulling' stage (as in 'mulling things over') and been officially recognised by the Transition Network as an official Transition Town. This news is most rewarding for those few individuals who kicked everything off barely 2 years earlier and a vindication of all the hard work (and play) that has gone into developing the group.
You can see the Transition Belper page on the Transition Network web site: www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives/belper-transition
16th November 2011
A scheme has been launched to urge people to pass on good energy advice to their neighbours.
Transition Belper has been set up by a group of volunteers who want to see the town become more self-sufficient. This will include using energy produced locally, food from nearby farms and a "waste not, want not" attitude.
Ian Jackson, chairman of the group, said: "To train 71 people is our long-term goal, it will take us around a year to get to that number. We have teamed up with Groundwork Trust to work with people in the area, who don't have a gas supply, to fit them with energy-saving measures. We want to help everyone in the community be more energy efficient which will save them money and help the environment."
The scheme will work like a Neighbourhood Watch.
The team will be trained to give advice on different tariffs available, climate change and how to stay energy efficient.
Mr Jackson, who runs Develop Your Ltd, a business improvement consultancy, said: "I became involved with Transition Belper around 18 months ago after seeing their stall at the Belper Food and Drink fair. They were talking about climate change and the issues surrounding oil. They were telling residents about what could be done in Belper to help the situation. It's a local organisation to help local people and local issues."
The group believes the world has reached its peak for the extraction of oil and that supply will begin to decline until it runs out. Its members say recent sharp rises in petrol prices are evidence of this.
Transition Belper holds its meetings at the Strutt Centre in Derby Road, on the first Thursday of the month, starting at 7.30pm.
1 November 2011
National Energy Action (NEA) – a charity that aims to eradicate fuel poverty and campaigns for greater investment in energy efficiency to help those who are poor or vulnerable – are being funded by DECC to provide guidance and support to 10 projects across the country. The Green Deal and Affordable Warmth Practical Assistance Programme aims to prepare organisations to use the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to meet local and national fuel poverty targets.
In September we submitted a bid for NEA’s support for our proposals to reach out to the community through publicity, public meetings, events and a network of ‘Energy Expert Neighbours’. In early November we received the news that our bid had been one of the 10 successful submissions from the whole country and the only community group to be selected. The selection process was undertaken jointly between NEA and DECC officials.
On 17th November Ian Jackson and David George met with NEA as well as Amber Valley Council and Groundwork Derby and Derbyshire to discuss the programme and how NEA’s time – up to 15 days – could be used to further our plans and be prepared for the launch of the Green Deal in a year’s time.
NEA are currently preparing a proposal for a work programme to be completed by the end of March. The results of the project and any lessons learned will be summarised to inform DECC of some of the more practical implications of the Green Deal and to provide a case study for community groups and councils across the country. NEA’s wealth of knowledge and experience should be invaluable when it comes to getting residents involved and in talking to energy companies and other big players about what assistance they can provide to low income households and those in older solid walled houses or with no access to mains gas that are difficult to heat economically.
13 October 2011
Climate East Midlands, the Environment Agency and local authorities are carrying out an in-depth study of existing river barriers and fish movement. The aim is to support the development of potential for hydro-electric power generation in the East Midlands and improve fish movement in our rivers network. The study will, ideally, include site surveys of all the man-made and natural river barriers, such as weirs and waterfalls. This is a huge undertaking – there are 431 barriers identified in the Derwent catchment area alone (the initial pilot project area) and Climate East Midlands are calling for volunteers to carry out surveys in as many locations as possible by the end of October.
Transition Belper – a community group dedicated to tackling the twin challenges of peak oil and climate change in a local context – have stepped forward to co-ordinate surveys in Amber Valley area where there are 69 river barriers. There are barriers/weirs in the River Derwent, River Ecclesbourne, Kedleston Hall, River Amber, Markeaton Brook, Black Brook, and Pendleton Brook in the Amber Valley region.
Members of the Transition Belper group are carrying out the initials surveys but help is needed and we are appealing to anglers, in particular, who may be able to provide more detailed local knowledge of the breed, quantity and movement of fish locally. We would also like to talk to local landowners with weirs on their land. If you are interested in helping out and making a positive contribution to a future less reliant on fossil fuels please email Transition Belper.
See also: Renewable Energy in Belper
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