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Rebecca Willis is an independent researcher. Her work focuses on environmental politics and policymaking at both a national and local level. Rebecca convenes Green Alliance’s Climate Leadership Programme for MPs, and advises the Lake District National Park Authority. She is a Council Member of the Natural Environment Research Council, and from 2004-11 was vice-chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.

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Want to buy a wind farm? Now’s your chance… - 16th April 2014

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 (more…)

Government backing for community energy - 27th January 2014

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 (more…)

Flitting betweeen philosophers and firefighters: The Tyndall Centre’s Radical Emissions Reduction conference - 18th December 2013

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 to achieve a radical cut in carbon emissions, defined as eight per cent reductions per year for the UK. (more…)

The ‘penny-drop moment’: Building political leadership for radical emission reduction - 18th December 2013

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. Crossword fanatics call it the ‘penny-drop moment’, or PDM: the moment when a series of jumbled clues falls into place, and the whole picture becomes clear. I’ve seen it happen. At the end of (more…)

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Demanding less: Why we need a new politics of energy

A Green Alliance pamphlet, co-authored with Nick Eyre, of the...

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Co-operatively owned energy

Co-operatively-owned energy generation is a vibrant and growing sector in...

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