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I love it when a plan comes together: Community energy mentoring in action
4th March 2015
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I had a great time last week at the Powering Up North conference, a Manchester gathering of community energy projects and enthusiasts. It was lovely to see so many people that have been colleagues and allies in my past few years’ worth of work on such an interesting issue.

But what...

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It’s Freshers’ Week…
30th September 2014
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October 1991. Bryan Adams tops the charts (Everything I Do…) closely followed by The Scorpions with Winds of Change. I’m excited but nervous, in my flowery corduroy trousers (yes really). It’s Freshers week.

Roll on a few years, and here I am again. And while I may not be approaching the extracurricular side of Freshers week with quite such brio this time round, I’m just as excited...

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A community energy revolution? Or: can we prove Kafka wrong?
5th September 2014
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One of the great things about working independently is that you only have yourself to answer to. So, while I’m grateful to the brilliant organisations I collaborate with on community energy (Co-operatives UK, Pure Leapfrog, Centre for Sustainable Energy to name a few) sometimes you just want to say exactly what you think, without having to represent anyone’s position.

That’s just what...

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Want to buy a wind farm? Now’s your chance…
16th April 2014
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Perched on a fell above the Lakeland town of Ulverston, just down the road from me, are four wind turbines. They’ve been turning steadily since 1997. The turbines all look the same. But one of the four is very different. It was the first in the UK to be owned by local people, who established a co-operative to buy shares in the turbine. The other three are owned by a commercial renewables developer.

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Government backing for community energy
27th January 2014
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Community energy is, I hope, an idea whose time has come. I’ve worked on it for a long time: a scary seven years ago, I published this report, Grid 2.0, which argued that the energy system needed to be reshaped to put people at the centre, rather than placing them as consumers at the end of a long chain that starts from distant power...

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Flitting betweeen philosophers and firefighters: The Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reduction conference
18th December 2013
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I’ve just spent a fascinating couple of days at the Tyndall Centre’s conference on ‘Radical Emissions Reduction’, put together by the redoubtable Kevin Anderson and colleagues.

The idea behind the event was simple: to amass evidence and share ideas on how...

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The ‘penny-drop moment’: Building political leadership for radical emission reduction
18th December 2013
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This is a shortened version of my presentation to the Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reduction conference, December 2013. There’s a video of the full talk here.

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tweet tweet
22nd November 2013
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I really like Twitter. Both for gathering information and opinions, and for engaging people in my work. But it takes a while to get the hang of it. A friend, who’s an eminent academic but is self-confessedly ‘terrified’ of taking the plunge, asked my advice, and this is what I told him. I’d be interested to know what others think: tweet me @bankfieldbecky!

Advice for...

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When solar panels hit brick walls: What innovation theory can tell us about community energy
24th September 2013
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I don’t envy politicians trying to talk to constituents about climate change. It’s undoubtedly one of the most crucial challenges for modern politics. But, when you’re trying to earn a living and get the kids to school, climate change can seem a remote, theoretical thing.

So this summer, when Green Alliance arranged sessions...

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But what’s it all for?
20th June 2013
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I found myself asking this question today. Not in an existential sense (though spending last week in a sea kayak spotting seals has made it much harder to chain myself to the desk since.) I was at Lancaster University talking to academics about what all this energy is for. Why do we each use fifteen times the amount of energy than we did two hundred years ago?

Regular readers will know this...