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A Talk: Why a rapid transition to renewable energy is essential

Chris Goodall will cover the subject of his latest book The Switch. He will explain why a rapid transition to renewable energy is essential, affordable and technically feasible.

Followed by questions and discussion.

Chris is a good speaker and renowned expert on new energy technologies with a website at: http://www.carboncommentary.com

6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Monday 26 June 2017

Quaker Meeting House, Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP

Doors open at 6 pm with light refreshments available.

£3 entry on door to help cover costs.

The cost of PV is coming down rapidly as a result of improving technology, longer lives for equipment and lower financing costs. This will continue. It will mean that solar power will be the most economical way of generating electricity almost everywhere around the world within a decade. It already is in many countries in the tropics.

Cheaper PV is not enough. We need huge amounts of short-term storage, probably by installing batteries in homes and more widely across the grid. The good news is that, like PV, batteries are sharply coming down in price. Every succeeding forecast gets more optimistic.

From www.carboncommentary.com

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Taunton showing of acclaimed film Domain

7.30pm  FRIDAY 31 MARCH 2017

TAUNTON QUAKER MEETING HOUSE

13 Bath Place, Taunton TA1 4EP

“Tomorrow” (known as “Demain” in France) tells the story of its co-producers, Cyril Dion and Melanie Laurant and their search for solutions to the crisis humanity faces.  It has been watched by over 1.5 million people, won Best Documentary at the Cesar Awards (the French Oscars), been shown to communities, schools, at the United Nations, the European Parliament, in board rooms and local governments.

It is a hugely positive, affirming and inspirational film, exploring creative solutions in the fields of food, energy, transport, economics and education.  It visits permaculture farms, urban agriculture projects, community-owned renewable projects, local currencies, creative schools, ambitious recycling projects.  It has been a huge boost to community-led projects, and is currently on release in 29 other countries, leading to the formation of many new community projects.  It is the perfect antidote to the current sense of global despondency.

Tea will be available before the film, and there will be a short debate after the film, which lasts about 2 hours.

There will be an entry fee of £3 to cover costs.

Event arranged by Taunton Transition Town

 

‘Protecting our future’ talk 18 July

A talk by Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter. Tim Lenton is Professor of Earth System Science and Climate Change. His illustrated talk will cover targets agreed at the 2015 United Nations Summit; climate tipping points; what will happen if warming keeps increasing and how this will affect us all; as well as actions being taken and still needed.

ALL WELCOME – your chance to hear from a top expert speaker Monday, 18th July 2016 Kingsmead School, South St, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE 7.30pm start with doors open 7pm £2 on door (free for school pupils).

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Professor Tim Lenton, University of Exeter

http://www.wiveyaction.org.uk

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PV Solar and Energy Advice – Sat 31st Oct

Don’t miss out on the subsidy!

Quantock Eco have organised this event so you can meet local and approved installers who can answer your questions about installing PV solar on your house.  It looks like government subsidies are going to be slashed in January so get some advice on installing PV solar now.

Saturday 31st October

10am – 12.30

Bishops Lydeard School Hall

Organised by Quantock Eco

Regen SW’s Community Energy Day of Action – Friday 16 October 2015

It is crucial we let our local MPs know how the proposed changes in the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Review will effect community renewable energy projects across the south west.

Collectively we want to send a strong message to MPs that renewable energy brings jobs and investment to the region and that these benefits are now at risk of being lost.

What to do:

meet your local MP on Friday 16th October to lobby against the proposed changes in the FIT Review
ask your MP at the meeting to send a letter on your behalf to the Secretary of State, Amber Rudd MP (see template letter below)
By coordinating our efforts, the Day of Action gives us a great opportunity to get the message across, get Amber Rudd’s attention, and get media coverage.

How to take part in Regen SW’s Community Energy Day of Action – Friday 16 October 2015

One of the most effective ways of lobbying your MP is to arrange to attend one of their constituency ‘surgeries’. Some MP surgeries are drop-in sessions operating on a first come, first served basis, whilst others require a pre-arranged appointment. Surgeries are typically held on Fridays or at weekends when MPs have returned from Parliament.

Find out more at Regen SW’s website: http://www.regensw.co.uk/communities/2015/09/14/sw-day-of-action-lobbying-pack/

Renewable Energy News

South Somerset Community Energy have just raised a stonking £284k. South Somerset Community Energy (SSCES) is a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society, whose aims are to reduce carbon emissions and fuel bills, especially for those in fuel poverty, throughout South Somerset. South Somerset Community Energy (SSCES) has reached its £275,000 target, raising £284,000 and exceeding its target by almost £10,000. The share offer has now been closed. The Society will proceed to install solar panels onto Westfield Academy and the Abbey Community Association’s hall, providing reduced cost electricity and helping to combat climate change.

Avalon Community Energy’s share issue is still open until the end of the month and they are looking for another £100k still. Avalon Community Energy Co-op covers the large area of Somerset around and including Wells, Glastonbury, Street and Shepton Mallet. We are working with the local population to find and establish suitable sites for community-owned solar generation plants, especially those that are based on otherwise redundant industrial and community rooftops.

Good Energy have just signed up to allow Bristol customers to pay for their electricity in Bristol Pounds.  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jun/16/bristol-pound-powered-renewables-good-energy-signs-up

Reminder: Somerset Energy and Environment Network Meeting

Monday 5th Oct
7.45pm
Tangier Scout and Guide Centre
Behind the bus station, Castle Street
TA1 4AS

Free parking.

Are you concerned about our future energy requirements and environment? Come to a public meeting to see how we can work TOGETHER for solutions in Somerset.

We already have put together a website to keep all the useful links, groups and information in one place.

http://www.thesomersetnetwork.wix.com/SEEN

Whether you are an existing group or an individual wanting to know more – please come and share your thoughts so we can widen our networking and work more effectively as a county. If you know of any events or news around Somerset energy and environment then please come along and share.

Plus we need a logo! Think SEEN as in eyes, network and the fact that this is a Somerset wide group. …..  any ideas please bring along to the meeting or send to me Vicky Briggs (shuunyanet@gmail.com).

Remember to bring your diary!

100% RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE SOUTH WEST : Reminder

100% RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE SOUTH WEST
A talk by John Green

Monday 21 September 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Creative Innovation Centre, Paul Street, Taunton, TA13PF

The South West of England has some of the world’s best renewable energy resources. Developing these resources will strengthen our energy security and boost our rural economies, particularly benefiting some of the more deprived rural areas. Will this generation create the political will needed to rapidly transform our energy systems away from its present focus on fossil fuels and nuclear power, or will it be left to the next generation?

Based on the rigorous analysis provided by The Resilience Centre in a report commissioned by Molly Scott Cato MEP, this talk and discussion will focus on how and by when this will be achieved. His talk, with 2 short films will last for approx. 1 hour, to be followed by questions.

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100% RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE SOUTH WEST

100% RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR THE SOUTH WEST
A talk by John Green

Monday 21 September 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Creative Innovation Centre, Paul Street, Taunton, TA13PF

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We can produce all our energy needs in the South West from renewable energy sources. Based on the rigorous analysis provided by The Resilience Centre in a report commissioned by Molly Scott Cato MEP, this talk and discussion will focus on how and by when this will be achieved.

His talk, with 2 short films will last for approx. 1 hour, to be followed by questions.

The South West of England has some of the world’s best renewable energy resources. Developing these resources will strengthen our energy security and boost our rural economies, particularly benefiting some of the more deprived rural areas. Will this generation create the political will needed to rapidly transform our energy systems away from its present focus on fossil fuels and nuclear power, or will it be left to the next generation? Passionate engagement is anticipated.
John Green is an engineer with a PhD in Renewable Energy Systems.
He has 25 years’ experience specialising in energy policy, with particular emphasis on renewable energy and climate change. He is a clean energy campaigner and a director and co-owner of Green Electricity Marketplace.

If you can advertise this please do… posters attached.  Pass on to anyone who might be interested.

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Tidal Lagoon Power in Bridgwater Bay?

Thanks to Steve Mewes of Tidal Lagoon Power for the excellent explanation of the potential for tidal lagoon power in Bridgwater Bay.  The scheme for Bridgwater Bay  is still in the community engagement stage so we will not hear if it is to go ahead to be planned until the end of the year;  it still might not go ahead after that; depending on the success of the proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon system (recently given the go ahead by the Department of Energy and Climate Change – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-33053003). There are still a number of hurdles to address.

Steve talked us through the Swansea Bay system that is likely to produce energy for over 150,000 homes in the area for 120 years, for 14 hours each day.   There is potential for thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs (especially if the other 5 projects go ahead around Britain).  Impact of the build would be kept to a minimum with the reduction in the amount of concrete that is being used in the scheme.  The investment is there in the UK in the form of UK pension funds moving away from fossil fuel s and choosing renewables. There are still a number of issues to be resolved before the Swansea scheme can go ahead.

  • The company needs to negotiate a strike price with the government – a guaranteed price for the power generated. That price is currently greater than for wind turbines, solar power and nuclear.
  • An updated validation report has to be completed to convince the government that the technology is workable.
  • Environmental concerns regarding silting, sand dredging and potential impact on fish have to be addressed before a marine licence is allowed.

If the Swansea Bay Lagoon system is to go ahead then this ‘pilot’ system could pave the way for 5 other schemes including Cardiff, Newport, Colwyn Bay, West Cumbria and Bridgwater Bay with a potential of producing 8% of Britain’s energy needs.

Bridgwater Bay is by far the largest of the schemes and could potentially run from Minehead to Brean.  As the company is still in community engagement phase this could change.  This scheme would be the last of the lagoon systems to be built and will face the largest of problems:

  • Silting will be a bigger issue in the Bridgwater Bay area. Various technologies would have to adopted to keep the water moving in the lagoon to prevent silting.  This could be addressed by the positioning of the turbines, land management further up-stream in the estuary to mitigate soil run off, even mini submarines keeping the silt moving!
  • Hinckley Nuclear Power Station giving off thermal plumes into the lagoon. The effects of the thermal plumes to a lagoon system have yet to be investigated. This would have to be addressed before a scheme for Bridgwater Bay went ahead.
  • There are many nature reserves in the area and any effects would have to be mitigated or avoided.

The potential for 8% of our energy needs being met by a clean, renewable energy is very compelling and in order for Britain to meet their carbon emissions targets tidal power is a contender. If the issues can be addressed we would be looking at more tidal lagoon systems in the future.

At a time when the UK is struggling to rewire its electricity market to introduce more security, less carbon and less cost, here is a blueprint for an infrastructure solution that ticks each box and that will endure.’

Keith Clarke CBE is the Non-Executive Chairman of Tidal Lagoon (Swansea Bay) Plc (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/renewableenergy/11713268/Swansea-tidal-lagoon-power-plant-energy-climate-change.html)

 Thanks to CIC CIC for hosting the event. Remember to support this great venue. Find out more at www.creativeinnovationcentre.co.uk

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