Please see PQ asked in Parliament this morning by Helen Hayes MP in which she refers to SE24 by way of highlighting the impact of recent government proposals on community energy groups like ours.
Her question: “I met this week with Sustainable Energy 24, a community benefit society established to deliver solar panels on public and community buildings in my constituency. They told me in relation to the cut in the Feed-in-Tariff and the ending of pre-accreditation that ‘it is hard to see how any community energy group can continue on this basis’. Can the secretary of state tell me why the impact on community energy companies was not considered ahead of the consultation and provide me with reassurances that the consultation response will address this very important issue?”
You can watch her ask it, using this link http://goo.gl/o7PHHt. The minister’s reply is a bit truncated in the link but your can see it in full on Parliament Live.
We’ll be liaising with Helen when we respond to the latest DECC consultation on proposals to drastically cut FIT rates.
Helen Hayes with her assistant Shadi organised this ‘Dulwich and West Norwood climate change meeting’ on Saturday 12th Sept to push for local climate change activism – the gist of the meeting was “think global act local.” Helen confirmed her commitment to working on climate change issues in parliament and then introduced Loretta Minghella, the chief of Christian Aid, who outlined the disastrous global effects of climate change. Several people then spoke about local initiatives such as:
– Alan Jones of SE24.co.uk who explained about the solar panels project and pointed out that there is a rapidly closing window of opportunity before the end of the year when Feed-In-Tariffs will be virtually abolished;
– The Crystal Palace Transition project was presented where community gardens have been set up and a “patchwork farm” created. Also a locally produced Palace Pint and a “Local and Fair” Group, but the effect of all these activities has also been to build community. Their website is an inspiration: http://www.crystalpalacetransition.org.uk
– a man from Sipa told us how the performing arts can be used to convey climate change messages;
– an architect spoke from her own experience saying that 27% of energy use is for housing and that on average about 60% of that can be prevented with retrofitting insulation and draught exclusions, but that the cost for a typical 3 bedroom house might be as high as £25,000.
– Dr David Cotton encouraged people to read at his book, “Climate Change, a wake up call”, and Naomi Klein’s book, “This changes everything” was also recommended.
We discussed the very large development that is soon to be started at East Dulwich Hospital (a new school and a health centre) and how we might push for more sustainable buildings. Several people hoped that the local campaign group “Dulwich Going Greener” could be revived.
It was agreed that there should be another similar meeting and that the group should look at these doable targets:
– organise a larger public meeting soon about local climate change actions