Lambeth Energy Partnership Aims, Opportunities and Stakeholders

At November’s Shared Space All About Energy event we discussed why we would need a Lambeth Energy Partnership, who should be part of it and what it might achieve. There was universal agreement that it was a good idea.

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The Westmill Energy Coop is the largest in the UK. Together the local community has rasied more than £20 million for 5 wind turbines and a ground-mounted solar array. Members receive an average of 8% return on their investment.

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Below is a brief summary of thinking around aims and opportunities. Below that (in blue) are the notes of the idea storm that came out of 3 groups thinking about why, who and what might it do.

Summary

Lambeth Energy Partnership Aims

  • Nurture connections between different interests to promote sustainable energy use in Lambeth.
  • To reduce energy consumption and promote local generation in Lambeth in a holistic way that promotes community values and responds to community needs

 Opportunities presented by having a Lambeth Energy Partnership

  • Develop a website to showcase the expertise of different bodies (individuals, businesses, charities) and advertise local skills.
  • Use a facebook group or google group to facilitate networking and draw together expertise from different areas to develop projects
  • Produce a documentary about the energy work in Brixton to inspire
  • Collaborative research and campaigning
  • Mapping using a database such as Project Dirt
  • Lambeth Co-operative Council
  • Funding – lottery, Horizon 20 EU innovation funding

Notes from discussions at All About Energy event

Why have an Energy Partnership?

  • Spearhead a grass roots response to climate change and rising fuel prices
  • Tackle unsustainable energy consumption
  • Holistic approach to include enhancing community spirit, address fuel poverty and develop local skills
  • Coherent strategy
  • Networking of local groups
  • To facilitate the sharing of resources including expertise and funding
  • Share information about developments in technology, policy and funding opportunities London-wide, National and European
  • Enhanced knowledge will promote the use of local groups and local resources 
  • Joint campaigning
  • Political influence – engage Lambeth Council 

Who should be involved?

  • Everyone who attended meeting 
  • Councillors (particularly sustainability, housing and planning)
  • Council staff – Co-op Council commissioners (particularly sustainability, housing and planning, including community energy officers)
  • Registered Social Landlords, Housing Associations and Co-operatives 
  • Groups whose primary focus is not energy or sustainability
  • Community groups and users
  • Representatives from TRAs and TMOs
  • Leaseholders forum
  • Local residents groups (Brixton Society, Loughborough Junction Action Group etc) 
  • Charities
  • National Energy Action
  • Age UK
  • Disability groups?
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Public health
  • NHS
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • Social services? 
  • Youth Groups and Education
  • Lambeth College
  • St Joseph’s College in West Norwood are working with One Planet Ventures and Funky Renewables
  • Media
  • Brixton Bugle
  • Business
  • Brixton BID (if implemented)
  • Installers

What should an Energy Partnership do?

  • Consider the format of the Energy Partnership – Co-operative, partnership or forum?
  • Holistic strategy
  • Road map 
  • Identification of needs
  • Community buy-In
  • Innovation in response to community needs
  • Awareness of different audiences (tenants, business, council, central government)
  • An immediate single project as focus, a pilot project with measurable results
  • (but existing groups such as Brixton Energy and Community Draftbusters have demonstrable results)
  • One stop shop for residents and businesses seeking information
  • Physical shop that could buy materials wholesale
  • Website (questions – what is out there already? Would this be better as a national project?)
  • Examples of good practice
  • Advice tailored to local conditions eg identify grants specific to Victorian properties 
  • Statistical evidence to demonstrate benefits
  • Including saving taxpayer money
  • Address disenfranchisement of tenants
  • Social contract
  • Gentrification
  • “Green Streets” project
  • Political influence – engage Lambeth Council
  • Proof of concept – show Lambeth Council it can be done
  • Projects delivered, development brought to the area, social benefits including developing skills
  • Keep money in the community
  • Promote wellbeing
  • Innovative projects attract like-minded people
  • Raising income ( like to grant to Incredible edible)
  • Media and communications
  • Feed good news stories
  • Promote the business case to businesses
  • Convection technology (no idea what this means!)
  • Outcomes must justify the time put into it

 

 

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