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.

 

We’re pressing ahead in 2019

In 2019 here at Tamar Energy Community we’ll be pressing ahead with our work focusing on:

  • Energy Advice and Support including our Home Visits and Clinics … with particular emphasis on improving domestic energy efficiency and reducing bills.
  • Our community owned renewables as well as advice on options for domestic and non-domestic renewable energy installations
  • Local smart energy innovation including our OpenLV pilot.

If you’d like to know more, or would like to get more involved, please let us know.

We’ll be holding a monthly Energy Group Forum where we’ll be discussing ongoing work, lessons learnt and opportunities. Email if you’d like to be added to the invitee list.

If you have skills in marketing, social media, IT, engineering, energy, finance etc. or would just like to come and help out in Local Matters for a couple of hours on a Monday to Saturday please get in touch.

Or come along to Green Drinks – second Tuesday of each month from 19:30 to 21:30 – to join an informal discussion. Check out: tamarenergycommunity/greendrinks for the location.

Climate Action and Solutions

NOW is the time to act to reduce the impacts of Climate Change.

The UK has legislated to reduce emissions by 57% by 2030 (reduction below 1990 levels). That’s just 12 years from now.

Each of us has a responsibility to act NOW.

We must act individually as well as encouraging others incl. friends, family, colleagues, employers, politicians, planners.

There’s often frustration about so little focus on solutions. But that’s starting to change.

 

Working on solutions around energy is one of our key motivations here at TEC.

This page is all about sharing with you other sources of inspiration. Let us know if you have anything you’d like to add, or you have any stories about what you’ve been up to.

 

https://1010uk.org/carboncrush

Here are six places you can get on with tackling it. For each topic there’s something you can do yourself, something you can do with others and a way to take it up a notch.

Topics covered:

  • Lighting
  • Transport
  • Heating
  • Eating
  • Energy Supply
  • Knowledge

 

 

100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming

Drawdown is that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.

Project Drawdown is the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.

“We did not make or devise the plan—the plan exists and is being implemented worldwide. It has been difficult to envision this possibility because the focus is overwhelmingly on the impacts of climate change. We gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. What was uncovered is a path forward that can roll back global greenhouse gas emissions within thirty years. The research revealed that humanity has the means and techniques at hand. Nothing new needs to be invented, yet many more solutions are coming due to purposeful human ingenuity. The solutions we modelled are in place and in action. Humanity’s task is to accelerate the knowledge and growth of what is possible as soon as possible.”

Check it out online or buy the book. Go and surprise them at Bookstop in Tavistock and give then an order! It’s a great read

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.

The Power in Your Hands – our OpenLV project

The Power in Your Hands – our OpenLV project

The Power in Your Hands is a local community energy initiative running in the Greenlands area of Tavistock for local householders and St. Peter’s School.

  • Want to reduce your energy costs?
  • Find out more about energy use locally?
  • Where our local energy comes from?
  • How bills could reduce in the future?

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

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

Find out more here.

TEC AGM – Monday 12th November 2018

TEC AGM – Monday 12th November 2018

The TEC AGM took place in Local Matters, Elbow Lane on the evening of Monday 12th November.

We started with the formal bit, and then followed with interactive discussion and presentations from the TEC teams about our work and Your Local Energy.

  • The TEC message – loud and clear?
  • Tamar Energy Fest – Sat. 24th November
  • Community Solar update and Share Issue
  • OpenLV – The Power in Your Hands – Ground-breaking Pilot
  • Energy Advice Service and related initiatives.
  • The future of Local Matters Community space

If you would like to get more involved, get in touch. The tiniest of contributions can make a big difference locally …

A copy of the agenda can be downloaded here and the minutes will be available shortly.