Most electricity in the world is produced using steam to push turbines, which generate power by transforming kinetic energy into electricity within a generator. Electricity is thus inextricably linked to movement and to heat, and there are many resources on our planet with which we can produce renewable energy beyond the near-ubiquitous solar, wind, and hydro.
The news that funding is to be made available for the development of geothermal energy in Cornwall has been hailed as a major breakthrough by the Eden Project and its partner EGS Energy Ltd.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has just released a call for proposals for £10.6m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
Alongside Cornwall-based EGS Energy, the Eden Project has been actively campaigning for funding for its planned geothermal power plant on its site, a former China Clay quarry at Bodelva near St Austell. It would be the first of its kind in the UK.
We’re all spending a lot of money on heating and powering our homes (around £16m per year, or £44,000 a day across the Tavistock area). With much of this spend going to the big power companies the majority of the benefit leaves our local economy like a leaking bucket.
By working together we can start to stem this flow in a number of ways:
We can make our homes and businesses more energy efficient and reduce the amount we need to spend
We can generate more locally, investing in micro-renewables at home or work.
We can look at opportunities to get together as a community and invest collectively in schemes which will deliver local benefit.
We can innovate and explore new opportunities emerging for local supply, distribution and flexibility services.
Importantly, we can work together to tackle fuel poverty across the area, aiming for everyone to be able to enjoy a warmer and more comfortable home.
Find out more about the local opportunities we’ve identified by checking out the Tavistock and District Local Economic Blueprint (LEB) Energy report. Download here or check out information about the LEB here.
Check out what we’re delivering on the ground:
Energy Advice Services
The Power in Your Hands
If you’re interested in getting involved please let us know.
Tamar Energy Community is a Community Benefit Society, registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) on 31st July 2014 as a Registered Society. Our registration number is 32455R (Companies House refer to us as IPO32455).
In this months newsletter get the latest update on our community share offer, find out how the Moroccan’s are supplying renewable electricity to a million people and read all about the upcoming celebration of local food, growing and cooking at Tavistock College.
On this page we’ve put together a host of information you can use to make your home warmer. From insulation to central heating, we’ve got it all! And don’t forget, for more information you can pop into the Town Shop and speak to one of our Energy experts who will be pleased to help.
There are many different ways for you to become involved with Tamar Energy Community. Why not come along to one of our Green Drink events to meet like minded people and learn more. You could also volunteer and train to become an Energy Advisor in the Local Matters shop or simply Join TEC for £1 and help us to make the Tamar Valley a sustainable and energy efficient place to live.
We’re also keen to hear from people with their own ideas for projects and things they can teach us. If you’ve got something you’d like to share or a project you’d like to run please get in touch and we’ll give you all the support we can to make it a reality.
Our Energy Story charts how our community has used energy over the years; from the very first street lights to instant lights at the flick of a switch. But in a world where burning fossil fuels is leading to climate change and where many members of our society face fuel poverty are there lessons we can learn from our past to give us a brighter energy future for tomorrow? The following slides illustrate how the Tamar Valley has generated it’s own energy in the past and how doing so again may be the best solution for our future.