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E.ON Energising Communities Fund Closes 14th August

Local community centres, schools and charities have just a few more days to apply for funding to improve their energy efficiency or add a spark to their work through energy education. The E.On Energising Community Fund closes on 14th August. Priority will be given to projects focused on reducing energy use and renewable energy. Successful projects will receive anything from £50 up to £2,000.
 
Apply online: http://bit.ly/2vz9v1w
 

Whistlewood Common Share Offer Extended


Whistlewood Common’s Share Offer to build a green-build community roundhouse has been extended until the end of August. Match funding of £80,000 is available, but the group need to raise another £80,000 by the end of the month through people purchasing shares. The project has gained planning permission for the construction on the site of a community-owned woodland. The building will have a stage and provide a space for arts, theatre and music events alongside educational workshops and entrepreneurial activities.
 
More information and buy shares: visit: http://bit.ly/2ruGIs

Falling Cost of Wind Adds Pressure on Government to Re-Think

New onshore windfarms built in the UK could cost half that of nuclear power and reach cost parity with gas fired power, according to a new report. The engineering consultant Arup found that the technology has become significantly more affordable and that wind turbines could offer a guaranteed price of power so low it could effectively become subsidy-free. The Hinckley Nuclear power plant developers, EDF Energy have been awarded £92.50 per megawatt hour for 35 years. In contrast, Arup found that onshore wind could be delivered for a maximum of £50-55 over a 15 year period.
 
The report was commissioned by Scottish Power, who hope to use it to force a change in stance from the UK government. Onshore wind has faced planning obstructions and subsidy restrictions following a move in 2015 to limit onshore wind turbine development in England. http://bit.ly/2eG7gSE​​​​​​​

Hayfield Sustainable Transport Plans Car Club

Following on from the success of its Minibus Club, Hayfield Sustainable Transport Ltd (HSTL) is hoping to start a Car Club. The community organisation currently owns two minibuses that can be booked out by groups and clubs. HSTL are now planning to get hold of some vehicles that could be used by different people at different times. For example, someone might drive to the train station in the morning, someone else could use the car during the day, and it could be returned in time for the first person to drive home from the train station in the evening. They hope is that this might reduce the need for private car ownership in the area.
 
Anyone who is interested in being involved with this initiative can contact Roland Strube: roland.strube@gmail.com or visit: http://www.hstl.org.uk

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