Following the success of its 2013, 2014 and 2015 national events,Co-operative Energyis pleased to announce its Community Energy Conference 2016. This year’s event is titled ‘Powering Forward – rebooting the UK's community energy sector’ and will once again be jointly hosted with Community Energy England.

As in previous years, the Conference will be the marque launch event for Community Energy Fortnight 2016, which is also sponsored by Co-operative Energy. The community energy sector in the UK has never been more successful, vibrant or relevant. This year will see record levels of activity and the sector finally beginning to make a real impact. But these programmes are underpinned by finance and support that has been secured under now defunct Feed-in Tariff (FiT) subsidy and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) tax relief regimes. The sector therefore needs to develop radically new models of operation if it is to continue moving forward apace. The Conference ‘Powering Forward – rebooting the UK's community energy sector’ will explore the options for development of these new models. What role can local government play? How will the crowd-sourcing of finance change? Do demand management and storage provide radical new options? Can the EU's new Renewable Energy Directive offer new impetus? These and other questions will be explored at what has become the UK’s largest and most exciting annual gathering of community energy practitioners. The event will be FREE to attend (including lunch and refreshments) to ensure that as many communities as possible can enjoy access to an unparalleled range of speakers and interactive sessions. Sign Up to reserve your space at what will again be a truly fantastic and inspirational event. Should you have ideas on key themes or workshops that the Conference should cover, then please e-mail suggestions to ryan.rushton@cooperativeenergy.coop AGENDA (DRAFT) 9.30 REGISTRATION OPENS 10.15 "The need for new approaches": Ramsay Dunning, Co-operative Energy 10.30 "The state of community energy in the UK": Emma Bridge, Community Energy England 10.45 The storage opportunity 11.00 "Shifting demand to progress local energy – a community endeavour": Mary Gillie, Energy Local 11.15 Q&A 11.30 BREAK 12.00 Workshops Bringing energy to the retail market: Mark Billsborough, Co-operative Energy & TBC Working with local authorities: Dan Nicholls, Cornwall Council & Mairi Brookes, Oxford City Council Working with the FCA and other registrars: Malcolm Lynch, Wrigleys & TBC Lobbying for change: Kathy Smyth, Community Energy England & Robert Proctor, Community Energy Wales & Paul Monaghan, Co-operative Energy 12.45 NETWORKING LUNCH 13.45 "Rising to challenges – the German Experience": Dr Andreas Wieg, German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation 14.15 Workshops Tackling fuel poverty and community-led energy efficiency: Kayla Ente, Brighton and Hove Energy Services Coop & Richard Watson, Energise Sussex Coast & Graham Ayling, Energy Savings Trust Financing community energy (and utilising tax reliefs): Lisa Ashford, Ethex & TBC & Alex Germanis, Pure Leapfrog Why Europe still matters: Siward Zomer, REScoop and De Windvogel & TBC Community heat: TBC & TBC 15.00 BREAK 15.30 Question-time panel discussion: "What will community energy look like in 2020?" Chaired by Afsheen Rashid, Repowering London Mike Smyth, Energy4All Siward Zomer, REScoop and De Windvogel TBC TBC 16.30 CLOSE A drinks reception followed by the Community Energy Awards will be held in the evening of the Conference.

FAQs What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? The nearest train station is Oxford Train Station, which is 100 yards walk to the venue as you exit the station. There are a number of car parks within a one mile radius of the venue, starting from £2.50 for the day. Where can I contact the organiser with any questions? Please if you have any questions then do not hesitate to contact Ryan Rushton at ryan.rushton@cooperativeenergy.coop or on 0781 660 2323. Can I update my registration information? Yes, please contact Ryan Rushton at ryan.rushton@cooperativeenergy.coop or on 0781 660 2323. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? When you arrive at the venue we will take your name and sign you in. You don't need to worry about bringing any additional paperwork with you.

For details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-energy-conference-2016-powering-forward-rebooting-the-uks-community-energy-sector-registration-25342198197

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