Round-up of the year

Keynsham Community Energy might have been quiet over the past twelve months, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! So, what have we been up to? We welcomed a fifth director – Nick Coates – into the fold and have had a number of Directors’ meetings to move our proposed projects on. We’ve held…

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Keynsham Community Energy working with B&NES

Keynsham Community Energy (KCE) today signed a co-operation agreement with Bath and North East Somerset Council. The agreement means that KCE and B&NES will work together to identify renewable energy projects in Keynsham, help the Council deliver its target of 25% carbon reduction by 2030, and provide opportunities for local people to invest in sustainable…

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Renewables in UK energy mix hit all-time high

Figures just out show that the share of renewables in the UK’s electricity generation hit a record high of 31.7% in the second quarter of 2018.  At the same time, coal dropped to an all-time low of only 1.6%. The figures, from the government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), show that gas…

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Energy price cap to save households £75, says Ofgem

The energy regulator, Ofgem has proposed an energy bill price cap of £1,136 a year for “typical usage.” It’s calculated that the cap will save around 11 million households on default deals about £75 on average, although the amount households could save will depend on their usage and supplier. The planned cap will be confirmed…

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Churches convert to renewable energy

More than 5,500 UK churches have put their faith in renewable energy – with church leaders encouraging more faith premises with charitable status to follow suit for their own buildings. Fifteen Anglican cathedrals – including Bristol, , Sheffield and Salisbury – are among the buildings already using 100% green electricity tariffs. Places of worship that…

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UK can be run on 50% renewables by 2030, commission says

Britain has a ‘golden opportunity’ to switch to renewable energy sources without increasing the cost to consumers, a national commission has revealed. People often assume that moving to renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power would lead to energy prices increasing. However, a new report from the National Infrastructure Commission has found that…

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Global investment in renewables increasing rapidly

Global investment in renewable energy shot up last year, far outstripping investment in fossil fuels, according to a UN report. As the price of clean energy technology plummets, it has become an increasingly attractive prospect for world governments. China was by far the world’s largest investor in renewable energy in 2017, accounting for nearly half…

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The scandal of air pollution

A new World Health Organisation reveals that globally, air pollution kills at least 9 million people and costs trillions of dollars every year. There are at least 300 deaths in Bristol each year attributable to air pollution, and pollution levels are often at their highest levels outside schools and nurseries. The government is moving to…

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