March 2014

Eunomia Advises on Community Energy Schemes

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Eunomia is to provide technical advice on anaerobic digestion and heat pumps at a specially convened workshop hosted by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE).

Taking place in Bristol on Tuesday 18th March, the event has been designed so that each of the attending community energy groups can receive free advice from legal, financial and technical experts. Other expert advisors include TLT LLP (legal advice), Triodos Bank (finance and shares), CSE (community consultation and basic technology feasibility studies) and Garrad Hassan (specialist advice on wind feasibility and grid connections). The Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), which is administering the Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF), will also be there to provide guidance on what they expect from applicants.

The RCEF is a £15 million fund, managed by WRAP on behalf of Defra and DECC, to support rural community energy schemes by filling a gap in development expenditure (‘Devex’), which is critical to enabling projects to move forward towards build and operation.Eunomia is currently preferred bidder to advise on one such scheme, and hopes to help support further scheme development where the correct model is in place to provide genuine financial benefits to the local community.

In its Community Energy Strategy, published in December, DECC has also just confirmed £10 million of further support for Urban Community Energy projects; further details are due to be published this Spring.

Further information on the workshop event in Bristol can be found here.

Further information on the Rural Community Energy Fund can be found here.