[wptabcontent] We stand at a unique turning point; within a generation we will have to have replaced the vast majority of our fossil fuel use with sustainable energy systems. The global consequences of failure to achieve this aim have been widely explored, (see for example the book “6 Degrees” by Mark Lynas). However, by taking local control of our primary energy needs we remove the burdens others currently bear in order for us to enjoy an “energy rich” way of life, and can create a more resilient and inclusive economy where we can re-invest our own effort and wealth to generate more local jobs and services, so maintaining our quality of life without robbing the future. [/wptabcontent]
[wptabcontent] Whilst most of us know our energy bills are steadily rising, few people have any real idea how much energy they use, nor how much we use across the whole county. To begin to make sensible policy decisions, we need to grasp the scale of the task of meeting energy needs in a sustainable way. To see where our energy comes from today, and how long it will last, go here.[/wptabcontent]
[wptabcontent] Government policy now supports the establishment of renewable energy technologies across the UK, and by investing in a local renewables project you too will have an opportunity to enjoy the wealth and security these new energy sources will bring.
Herefordshire Community REnewables believes that these opportunities should be open to all, allowing anyone to recover their savings from the uncertainty of global markets and instead invest in a tangible local project bringing additional social and economic benefits to their community. In addition you will be helping to prepare your area for the time when fossil fuels are no longer available. To see more about the realities of community projects click here.[/wptabcontent]
[wptabcontent] Herefordshire enjoys opportunities for the sustainable use of all onshore Renewable Energy technologies. For a detailed study of potential across these technologies see the HCC/WA Renewable Energy report, but be advised to read this critique first.!
Remember – the quickest, most effective and economically most valuable means of reducing carbon impacts is remedial energy saving and demand reduction.[/wptabcontent]
[wptabcontent] There are many sources of help available to support community energy projects, ranging from technical advice on the different technologies, through legal and financial matters, to holding better meetings! To see some relevant organisations go here.
For a quick guide to sustainability and renewable energy jargon click here. [/wptabcontent]
[wptabcontent] To contact HCRE, or to comment on this website or any aspect of our work use this form or follow this link.