Imaging Alternatives – Feast for the Future

Imaging Alternatives – Feast for the Future

We’ve been taking part in an initiative developed by University of Plymouth, Regen and South Dartmoor Community Energy called Imagining Alternatives – Feasts for the Future.

Building on the successful Community Energy Feasts Regen has organised in the past, the idea was to bring different groups together to reflect and celebrate together about what we’d like to see in our Utopian future of 2068.

Tamar Energy Community held its feast on Friday 15th February at the Lower Deck Cafe, URC, Russell Street in Tavistock and 28 of us enjoyed a Vegan Feast provided by Blue Skies Catering.

 

If you’d like to join us please book BY TUESDAY EVE- Feb 12th by registering here on Eventbrite.

An important aspect of the Feast was the shared table which has been handmade by Devon craftsman Barnaby Stone. Everyone had a chance to sit at the table and leave their mark by creating their own pattern. The table has been to five feasts and a different sort of wood was used for each.

We  used this occasion to celebrate our achievements so far, chat about the future, and in particular how we can contribute to the challenges of significant carbon reduction by 2030 … Twelve Years!

A summary of our ambitions will be available shortly.

 

Energy Clinics

Concerned about energy costs? Like to discuss your heating? Need advice on switching?

Drop in and see us at one of our Energy Clinics

January 2019

Tues. 15th Jan 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library
Tues. 22nd Jan 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library
Thur. 31st  Jan 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library

February 2019

Thur. 7th  Feb 14:30 to 16:30 Tavistock Library

 

If you’d like to talk to one of our Energy Advisors, or arrange a Home Visit and can’t make it to our Energy Clinics give us a call on 0800-233-5414 or email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com

Green Drinks

Green Drinks is an opportunity to catch up and have an informal natter once a month, on the second Tuesday of each month. We generally meet at a local pub from 19:30 to 21:30.

In January 2019 we’re holding an Imaging Alternatives – Feast for The Future instead of our usual Green Drinks. If you’re interested there’s more information here.

Tamar Energy Fest – Please join us

Our 2018 Tamar Energy Fest is on Saturday, 24th November in Tavistock Town HallYou can come and join us between 10:00 and 15:00. We look forward to seeing you there.

This year we’ll be talking about The Power in Your Hands to save energy, reduce bills, generate your own and help the planet.

We’re highlighting changes in the industry towards ‘smart’ … opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of homes, business and travel … as well as local generation and storage.

We’re showcasing our progress with our OpenLV pilot including our work with St. Peter’s School and the Eco Club, our Energy Advice Service, our Bedford Cottages work and our Community Solar installations.

We’re excited to have Precious Plastic Tavistock, our local Community Growers and the Devon Wildlife Trust joining us … as well as the local Eco Church community.

There’s a programme of interesting talks starting from 10:30 … more below … and you can download the programme here.

Our trusted exhibitors on the day include Mike Wye Natural Building Products, New Generation Energy, Utility Warehouse, ZLC Energy, and The Fell Partnership … more below …

Adding to the day’s fun and enjoyment are Red Squirrel Tree Care’s free woodland themed photo booth and our Energy Cafe with delicious locally sourced cakes … and warm and hot drinks … PLUS come and try your hand at our Energy themed quiz for all the family.

We also have a raffle with some fabulous prizes.

Do come and join us … its free … and it’ll be a fun and interesting day for exhibitors, visitors and volunteers alike.

We’d be delighted if you could help us spread the word. You can download a poster here and a flyer here. Thanks!

 

Energy Fest Talks

The Talks will all be held in the Rundle Room and will last up to 30 minutes with time for questions. Feel free to take your tea and cake with you.

 

Our Exhibitors

We’d like to thank our Exhibitors for giving up their Saturday to be with us … including

New Generation Energy's logo ZLC Energy logo
red squirrel tree care logo
Devon Wildlife Trust logo

 

 

 

 

 

Annual General Meetings

AGM Agenda

Our next Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 12th November 2018 at Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock. PL19 0BG.

Join us from 19:00 for refreshments. The formal proceedings will commence at 19:30 followed by our teams presenting their work … and discussion.

You can download the Agenda here.

 

AGM 2017 – 26th March 2018

Our 2017 AGM (Accounts to 5th Apr. 2017) was held on 26th March 2018 in Local Matters, Elbow Lane, Tavistock.

Katie Revoille and Sophie Phillips from S. Dartmoor Community EnergyThe minutes are available here.

The agenda is available here.

We’d like to thank Katie Reville from S. Dartmoor Community Energy for her engaging presentation about their work.

Tamar Energy Fest 2018

Tamar Energy Fest 2018

This year’s Tamar Energy Fest will be held on Saturday, 24th November in Tavistock Town Hall. We’ll be open from 10:00 to 15:00 and look forward to seeing you there.

If you’d like to exhibit at the event and haven’t received an invitation please drop us an email.

This year’s Energy Fest will be highlighting the changes in the industry towards ‘smart’ … opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of homes, business and travel … and local generation and storage.

We’ll be showcasing our progress with our OpenLV pilot, our Energy Advice Service, our Bedford Cottages work and our Community Solar installations.

Do come and join us … it’ll be a fun and interesting day for exhibitors, visitors and volunteers alike.

 

The Power in Your Hands – OpenLV

The Power in Your Hands – OpenLV

We’re excited to be one of seven community energy pilots running in the UK, as part of a ground breaking trial, to understand how the changes in the way that energy is generated and used in the future will impact you.

We believe there could be opportunities for you to have more influence on how you use, and what you pay for, energy in the future. That’s why we’ve called our project ‘The Power in Your Hands’.

As part of this trial we are accessing and analysing open data from the low voltage substation in Meavy Way in Greenlands. We’re working with local residents and St. Peter’s School to understand what this data means about current and future energy use and behaviour.

Access to open data on local electricity networks should make energy more democratic and benefit you. We’ll be working to see how.

 

How you can get involved

Take part in our Householders Survey here’s a link to it online. It will take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Check out out the peaks and dips in energy demand and other data we’re producing here, and let us know what you think. We’re also developing an App you can use from your smart phone.

Sign up to receive email updates on progress and local events

We’d also like to hear from you if you are generating your own energy or have an electric vehicle.

Get in touch … call 0800-233-5414, email hello@tamarenergycommunity.com or let us know your details via our Contact Form.

 

OpenLV

The Power in Your Hands is part of a project called OpenLV which is making local electricity data openly available for the first time ever. The Greenlands area of Tavistock is one of seven neighbourhoods involved across the S.West, S.Wales and the Midlands.

Your substation is where electricity is turned from a high voltage dangerous current to the low voltage electricity you use at home. Thanks to a piece of kit called an LV-CAP™ we will be able to learn more about electricity use in the Greenlands neighbourhood and work together to change our energy use habits, maybe even saving on our bills as we go!

Knowing about our local electricity use means we can try to avoid overloading our substation and in the future, it might even be possible to have electricity tariffs which offer cheaper energy at off-peak times of day.

This video will explain more about OpenLV.

 

Energy use and Time of Day Tariffs

Going forward, energy companies will be looking at introducing tariffs with different rates at different times of the day.

 

Tamar Energy Community Annual General Meeting

Tamar Energy Community Annual General Meeting

You are hereby notified that the Annual General Meeting of Tamar Energy Community will be held on Monday 26th March 2018 at Local Matters community space in Elbow Lane, Tavistock, PL19 0BG.

Refreshments will be available from 19:00. The formal proceedings will commence at 19:30.

More here.