Local Energy has been running networks for public sector organisations since our pilot network ‘Carbon Trading Councils’ in 2008. For the first three years the focus was on the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, with initiatives such as Feed-in Tariffs and the Renewable Heat Incentive also featuring in subsequent years.
During 2012, the Carbon Saving Public Sector network helped a number of local authorities to identify the scope of their role in the Green Deal and prepare for delivery locally. Following the national Green Deal launch in January 2013, the CSPS network continued to work with local authorities on this important energy efficiency initiative, whilst also offering support on the ‘simplified’ CRC and other energy- and carbon-saving areas.
Local Energy Efficiency Network 2014
Reflecting the shift in national policy emphasis from carbon reduction to energy efficiency, the network was renamed for 2014: Local Energy Efficiency Network or LEEN.
Members of the Local Energy Efficiency Network in 2014 learned how the Green Deal and ECO are being delivered locally, both as individual organisations and in regional groups. We covered CRC compliance and management advice needed during the transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2, including advice for new participants. We also looked at the rollout of the Renewable Heat Incentive to households and how this interacts with the Green Deal, plus other new legislation and policy announcements as they happened.
The launch of the UK’s first Community Energy strategy offered local authorities new challenges and opportunities, and we heard from a range of speakers on this subject including DECC, Pure Leapfrog, Community Energy Coalition and OVO Communities.
This year promises to be another challenging one for local authorities and the wider public sector, but an interesting one too with the general election taking place in May.
The LEEN events will include plenty of policy updates and analysis as well as guest speakers focussing on community energy, renewable energy (including FITs and RHI), domestic retrofit / Green Deal delivery and fuel poverty reduction.
We try to be responsive to members’ needs, so if there is a topic you’d like to see included, which you think will be of interest to other local authorities, please let us know.
Your LEEN 2015 membership will include:
– Two free delegate places at network events. Events will be held throughout the year, in convenient locations determined by local membership levels (venues and dates below).
– Advice, guidance and support on community energy, renewable energy, Green Deal, ECO and on other initiatives including new and emerging policies. Local Energy will be available to answer your questions and offer solutions by email, phone and online.
– Regular updates including briefings, fact sheets and explanation of changes to legislation.
– Opportunities to network with other local authorities and public sector organisations in person and through our networks to find solutions to shared problems.
If you would like to join, please complete the registration form – click here.
Further information about forthcoming events, including dates, venue details and event programmes, will appear here when available.
CONFIRMED dates for 2015:
17th March – London
18th March – Manchester
Please go to the LEEN events page to book your place.