New community energy website launched

A new website has been launched by the Government to help communities become more energy self-sufficient and join the ‘Green Revolution.’

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced the site, Community Energy Online, during his keynote speech at the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) annual conference, describing how communities installing their own low carbon energy epitomised the Coalition Government’s vision of a ‘Big Society.’

Mr Barker said: “Community energy is a perfect expression of the transformative power of the Big Society. With the right combination of incentives and freedoms, community groups, businesses and organisations can get together to build a cleaner, greener future.
“They can generate their own heat and electricity, and their own profits, and as a by-product, help the UK to save energy and help to cut carbon emissions.”

Run by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Community Energy Online website has been developed together with community networks, the Local Government Group and industry bodies such as the CHPA, and is designed to give communities access to information on generating low carbon heat and power.

The Carbon Reduction Department of commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, is perfectly placed to work with communities, businesses and Local Authorities- who have an obligation to act as initiators, developers and facilitators of community energy projects- in establishing low carbon energy and heat generation.

The department provides a complete carbon reduction solution ranging from initial consultancy to the supply of energy efficient products and materials.

Recycling Lives Carbon Reduction manager, Steve Lauri, said: “Community Energy Online provides a powerful tool to communities looking to join the ‘Green Revolution’ and sits perfectly alongside the Big Society concept.

“Recycling Lives, a company that already works to improve communities in a variety of ways, is eager to help communities across the UK take their energy and heat generation into their own hands. We have all the tools and experience required to make this happen.”