Notes from meeting
Tom, Charles, Ed, John B and guests Kirsty Tooke (DARE), Chris
Shears (Economic Development Officer at MDDC) and Mike Watts (
Precisely So - working with Tom)
Kirsty explained that DARE had a community energy support programme
in place funded by DCC. They have 5 days of work available but this
must be used by the end of March 2017.
Chris gave us an update on MDDC's Hydromills project.
3. Opportunities for Sustainable Crediton Energy Group
Some community groups are buying existing solar farms ( or parts
of) from the original owner/developer and using any profits for
community energy projects
Action : Chris Shears to send us a list of local solar farms
Would QE School consider having a wind farm on the lower school
site at Barnfield? If they were interested we should get the site
listed in the draft Neighbourhood Plan. Then Neighbourhood Plan
team could call for other wind farm sites to be included in the
plan. After the plan referendum, if the plan is passed there might
be the potential for a community wind farm project.
Action: Charles to contact Rupert Poole QE Head
Kirsty has an idea for a demand type project involving homes close
to the Den Brook wind farm.
Action: Kirsty to write a brief explaining the project and how a
community group could be involved.
4. Review of Current Energy Group Activities
a) Participate in the AD plant,
Creedy Bridge and Tarka View planning processes.
b) Contribute to the
sustainability sections of the Crediton Neighbourhood Plan
c) Negotiate an affinity
scheme with Good Energy similar to the one we have with Ecotricity
and promote the affinity schemes to our supporters
Linda to advise on progress towards this
d) Investigate the feasibility of
joining the Fuelling Connections scheme. This will involve seeing
what resources in terms of people/time we would need to implement
such a project and how success would be measured. If it looks
feasible then we would have to recruit a new volunteer to run the
e) Contact various organisations (
eg CAB, Food Bank, Credit Union, Senior Voice, Age Concern etc)
with a view to promoting the Cosy Devon central heating offer. This
will be done either as part of Fuelling Connections or as a
f) Promote draught exclusion
g) Investigate and test a traffic
light system for indicating to domestic consumers the times of peak
electrical power demand. To encourage domestic consumers to switch
their electrical power demand to off-peak times.
Tom demonstrated his prototype which had been manufactured by
Mike from Precisely So. Tom is now seeking a sponsor from either
the energy suppliers or network distributors to produce upto 1,000
of the devices and to supply to a trial group of consumers for a
trial to see if the devices will help reduce demand. We also talked
about developing a smartphone app or applet to alert consumers of
times of high and low demand.
5. Resignation of Charles from Energy Group leadership
No-one has stepped forward to take over the leadership of the
Tom is going to speak to a neighbour who has a strong interest
in local energy to see if he will become involved and perhaps take
over the leadership
6. Next meeting and AOB
No next meeting date has been set, but John B is willing to host
another meeting if a leader can be found.
This is a meeting with DARE and Mid Devon to look at ways
forward for the Crediton Energy Group. Thanks to DCC there may be
funds available via DARE to take on new projects.
Also Charles is standing down as leader of the Energy Group, so
we will be looking either for a new leader or a new way of running
Review of progress towards 2016 goals.