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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Shared Ownership: Giving communities the chance to buy into local projects - 13th November 2014

It’s great to see the launch of the Shared Ownership agreement between the renewables industry and the community sector, announced last week by Secretary of State Ed Davey. The agreement, drawn up by a joint industry-community Taskforce appointed by DECC, recommends how renewables developers and community groups can work together to offer local people a stake in developments. As vice-chair (more…)

It’s Freshers’ Week… - 30th September 2014

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 (more…)

A community energy revolution? Or: can we prove Kafka wrong? - 5th September 2014

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 (more…)

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…)


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