In the most recent edition of Radio 4’s In Business,
” David Baker speaks to the National Grid, to major electricity suppliers, and to smaller, community-based generators, asking how the system is changing and what needs to be done to make sure it remains reliable, affordable and sustainable, so that the future is not one of widespread blackouts:”
We need to be saving energy:
But we also need to be thinking about how we are going to produce energy…
We can turn our rubbish into power:
SidEnergy visit to Exeter waste-to-energy plant
And we can localise our energy production:
The UK government and the Devon county council want us to be ‘energy neutral’ by 2050
But how exactly are they going to do it?
One way might be to engage with ‘community energy generation’:
But we need a plan – and back in 2005, the nascent Transition Town movement was looking at Energy Descent Plans:
And in 2010, Transition Town Totnes did the same:
‘Transition in Action’ is the UK’s first comprehensive Energy Descent Action Plan designed for and by a local community.
It sees the changes necessitated by climate change, peak oil and the UK’s debt problem not as a crisis, but as a huge opportunity for enterprise, creativity, community, enhanced resilience and a greater quality of life.
In these pages you will find not just a vision of a more resilient world, but practical steps to reach it, key research, inspired ideas and a glimpse into the town’s recent past and what we can learn from it.
The pdf can be downloaded for free. Please credit TTT if you use this material.
And it’s becoming much more doable:
Environment Journal–9 hours ago
A new ‘matchmaking’ website to help community energy projects find available buildings and land has been launched. The PowerPaired …
Energy Live News – Energy Made Easy–20 hours ago
Bath Echo–13 hours ago