Woody Energy Crops for Small-Scale District Heating

28th September 2015 This free workshop will focus on the use of woody energy crops grown in short rotation plantations to provide fuel for heating whole villages. The day will feature presentations on growing short rotation coppice and short rotation forestry, plus examples of best practice. There will also be a chance to see Dartington’s short rotation forestry plantations. For further details, and for registration, visit Crops4Energy.

The Truth About Energy Subsidies

Fossil-fuel consumption subsidies worldwide amounted to $548b in 2013, over four times the value of subsidies to renewable energy and the amount invested globally in improving energy efficiency. Click the map for further information.

Non-techy guide to smart thermostats

Follow this link for a non-techy guide to smart thermostats from the Guardian. These devices can help you reduce your heating costs by learning your schedule, the way your house responds to heat, and by adapting your heating schedule for the weather.  

SWDCEP Members Benefit from Free Training

The members of the SW Devon Community Energy Partnership have been benefiting from free training  provided by Devon County Council and RegenSW on , communications and engagement. Further training is scheduled for January and February 2015. https://www.devonnewscentre.info/community-energy-groups-benefit-from-free-training/ 

Six top tips for a low-carbon Neighbourhood Plan

When some people hear the word “planning” it is not something that usually gets them very excited.  Planning may conjure up images of dull technocrats, complicated maps and perhaps ugly remnants of poorly designed projects that resonate in our collective perception.  Yet planning has a fundamental role to play in the transition to a low-carbon society. Check out the Transition guide to Neighbourhood Planning

Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC

The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says in a stark report that most of the world’s electricity can – and must – be produced from low-carbon sources by 2050. It is intended to inform politicians engaged in attempts to deliver a new global treaty on climate by the end of 2015.    

School Curriculum Resources

FREE energy curriculum-resources to help teachers and school managers raise awareness and take action are available in the SEACS Project Toolkit, funded by the EU and Devon County Council. There is, for example: a self-evaluation matrix to guide you on your energy awareness journey; primary and secondarylesson plans for Design & Technology, French, Science and PSHE tips on running a whole-school awareness raising campaign guidance for arranging a United Nations style Climate Summit templates and guidance to help your school audit and measure its energy Read more…

Totnes Open Eco-Homes – Saturday and Sunday 20th and 21st September

For the 6th year running Transition Town Totnes is holding an Open Eco-Homes Weekend, featuring homes, buildings and gardens that have taken steps to reduce their environmental impact and household bills. This year’s event is on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September and involves 18 exciting homes, buildings or sites. Some are opening again by popular demand, including  The Cob House , a passivhaus refurbishment, a straw bale house, a  house made from an old cider barrel Read more…