Birmingham Social Enterprise Energy Network – open AGM

Posted Posted in Energy, Environment, Green New Deal, Housing, Localisation, Low carbon, Poverty, Renewable energy, Social Enterprise, Transition

You are invited to attend an open AGM of Birmingham Social Enterprise Energy Network (b-seen) on Tuesday 3 April 2012 at 10am. Jenny Howarth from Birmingham Energy Savers/Buy For Good will be attending and will give a brief update on BES. Keith Budden from E-ON will also be attending. Birmingham City Council have invited all the BES bidders to attend. […]

iSE & LWM win LEAF funding to support social enterprises on household energy-saving agenda

Posted Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Green New Deal, Renewable energy

Press Release – For immediate release: 15th February 2012, Birmingham, UK Two BIRMINGHAM based social businesses, iSE and Localise West Midlands (LWM), are celebrating their success in winning national funding from LEAF.  This funding will resource 10 locally based social enterprises to engage in the energy saving agenda that will result in local householders saving money through energy efficiency. LEAF […]

How to create a stable society

Posted Posted in Books and articles, Economics, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Green New Deal, Local economies, Localisation, Low carbon, Politics, Renewable energy, Transition

On the dust cover of *The Constant Economy, Jonathon Porritt asserts that Business-as–Usual economics, which is denying billions any chance of a decent life, has become a security blanket that our politicians won’t let go.  The author, now a Conservative MP, calls for decisions about the sort of economy we want to develop from the ashes of this recession:  “There […]

Community renewable energy schemes

Posted Posted in Banks, Co-operatives, Energy, Finance, Low carbon, Renewable energy

A report published by Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative group, was mentioned on this site recently. It shows that a growing  number of people are starting renewable energy schemes in their communities through co-operatives and other forms of collaboration. The report says that green economy co-operatives are the most rapidly growing part of the UK co-op sector, jumping 24% since 2008: […]

Local renewable energy schemes to benefit from Enterprise Investment Scheme

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economy, Energy, Finance, Politics, Renewable energy

A Treasury decision that renewable energy initiatives benefiting from the feed-in tariff would no longer qualify for the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), a tax relief for investors in small high-risk businesses, was greeted with dismay because it would have severely disadvantaged communities hoping to benefit from local renewable energy schemes.  James Vaccaro, managing director of Triodos bank’s renewables division, said […]