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 I did at the very enjoyable PoweringUp conference at Oxford Town Hall this week. Inspired (should that read provoked?) by Ed Davey’s declaration that he wants “nothing short of a community energy revolution”, I took his words at face value, dug out my dusty academic notes on the political theory of revolutions, and, via Iran, Marie Antoinette, Marx, Lenin and Kafka, (pretentious? moi?) pondered whether we are yet sufficiently revolutionary about the way we run our energy system.
The results are here, if you want a read. And let me know what you think. Of course, the views expressed are mine alone, and not those of the bunch of bolshy revolutionaries I normally work with.