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LCCN Newsletter - Issue 80

LCCN Newsletter - Issue 80
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Welcome to the 80th LCCN newsletter! These come to you regularly with updates on what the Network is doing, other developments and, if you tell us, what you're doing. We're keen to find contributors who could send us an update (monthly?) on whats happening in their region that may be of interest elsewhere. And please forward this to anyone who may be interested, reminding them that they can get their own copy at: www.lowcarboncommunities.net

Conference follow-up
Thanks for the feedback and comments on the conference. A further request to anyone who took notes in any session or who has comments on sessions please do send us your thoughts to: hello@lowcarboncommunities.net

It will all feed into our report on ‘developing local climate partnerships’.

Community FITS update
Various people have spoken with staff at DECC a few times over the past few weeks on the phase 2 consultation, and the issue of ‘community definition’. Some relevant points arising may be of interest.;

On the community FiT, they have received a lot of input and don’t need more right now. They are not engaging on this partly due to the ‘uncertainty’ around the legal challenge.
The community FiT is likely to be about encouraging more generation, not about delivering an uplift purely for social benefit. This is an important issue.
From DECC’s comments it seems the important thing is to quantify the benefits from community energy and make clear the potential scale of development – does a community turbine encourage people to become more energy efficient? Can income be reinvested in energy efficiency or more renewables? Can communities deliver MW or GW?
The legal challenge is still being blamed for the delay to the phase 2 consultation
Clearly the answer is for the cap on the budget to be raised, which is something many organisations are now calling for.

More FITS fallout...
PLANS to build solar panels on around 4,000 homes in the city have been scrapped by Liverpool Council in the face of Government cutbacks.....
http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/liverpool-news/regional-news/2012/01...

Deadline for Climate Week Awards fast approaching
The deadlines for the prestigious Climate Week Awards is less than a week away – 5pm on Monday 30th January 2012. What category will you enter? Best Community Initiative? Best Event? Or maybe Most Inspirational Leader?

Maybe you are involved with an ambitious community energy project or know someone in your community who deserves recognition for their pioneering spirit and ambition. You can nominate yourself or a third party for any Category providing, where practicable, permission has been given.
Free and simple to apply, make sure the best work is recognised this Climate Week (12-18th March 2012). Your entry guide can be accessed here.

For more details please call 0203 397 2601 or visit www.climateweek.com/awards

Major grid development in Scotland
Scottish power’s plans for grid upgrade (more pylons....?) involve plans (among other things) to connect offshore and onshore wind generation in Scotland of around 11 GW – that’s a huge increase! (enough to power over 6 million homes).
http://www.scottishpower.com/PressReleases_2274.htm

PURE the Clean Planet Trust
PURE the Clean Planet Trust is a registered charity (no1112249) which exists to promote the reduction of carbon emissions. We have recently launched the PURE Community Energy Fund to help communities, charities and other not-for-profit community focused organisations overcome the upfront costs of installing renewable energy. The PURE Community Energy Fund is a revolving loan fund taking money donated to the charity from corporates and individuals and using it to provide low interest loans to qualifying organisations. As the loan is repaid the money is then used to help the next community and so on. Loans are available at 4% APR for up to £50,000 and 50% of the project costs. Any organisation interested in applying for a loan is encouraged to visit our website and complete the simple expression of interest form which asks for some basic information about the project and applicant organisation. Once we have received this we will be in touch to discuss your project in more detail and potentially invite you to complete the formal loan application process.
http://www.puretrust.org.uk/

In Transition 2.0
A new fim on transition initiatives, 'In Transition 2.0' is about to be unveiled to the world! It draws together stories from around the world showing Transition initiatives at the various stages of transitioning their communities. In spite of telling stories from around the world, no-one set foot on an aeroplane in order to make this film, local camera-people being enlisted to film each sequence, making this one of the lowest-carbon international films ever produced.

In early February, each of the initiatives whose stories are told in the film have been invited to host a preview. The premiere of 'In Transition 2.0' will be at a high profile event in late March (still under wraps). The DVD will be released around the time of the premiere. Find out more and view the trailer (completed just yesterday) here http://www.transitionnetwork.org/news/2012-01-05/transition-20

BP look at the future...
The Time magazine article below is worth a read, with plenty of useful links. It’s based around BP’s release of their annual Energy Outlook, hardly an unbiased document but a source of some useful stats for energy- focused people
http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2012/01/19/the-global-energy-supply-is-...

This one in Time is less directly relevant but very interesting:
http://ecocentric.blogs.time.com/2012/01/22/political-pollution-how-bad-...

NASA finds 2011 ninth-warmest year on record
The global average surface temperature in 2011 was the ninth warmest since 1880, according to NASA scientists. The finding continues a trend in which nine of the 10 warmest years in the modern meteorological record have occurred since the year 2000.
It’s all here: http://climate.nasa.gov/news/index.cfm?FuseAction=ShowNews&NewsID=668

Carbon Leapfrog job opportunity
Carbon Leapfrog has the following vacancy for a full time professional fundraiser with experience of key relationship management. Sitting within the Executive Team, the successful candidate will be responsible for implementing the current funding plan and shaping the organisation’s future funding strategy. Given the objectives of the Charity, this will involve creatively sourcing and securing both financial and professional support for the charity.
The role covers three key areas:

Securing current and future funding from diverse sources (from philanthropic funds, through high net worth individuals to corporate firms and supporting NGOs)
Sourcing relevant professionals to provide pro bono services for our pipeline of excellent, innovative Carbon reducing projects
Maintaining relationships with our major partners and corporate firms as well as actively seeking out future ventures and collaborations
Deadline for application: Wednesday 8th February 2012
To view the full job description please click here
An application form can be downloaded at: http://carbonleapfrog.org/carbon-leapfrog-vacancies/
Contact: Helena Farstad (helenafarstad@carbonleapfrog.org)

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