Community Energy Fortnight is coming soon!
Community Energy Fortnight (CEF) is the UK's annual celebration of all things community energy. Community Energy Fortnight, sponsored by Thrive Renewables, is intended to serve many purposes this year: inspire people to get involved in projects, set up new ones, take personal actions around energy - but also to engage our MPs in becoming champions for community energy and policy change in parliament.
The past decade has seen an increased awareness of the need for renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions and this year’s CEF2022’s key aim is to raise awareness of the vital part energy efficiency plays in this. Over the course of fortnight (11 - 24 June), CEE will be promoting the theme of efficiency: the first renewable energy; to promote the importance of an efficiency first approach.
The CEF2022 comms pack is now available to download and includes a timeline for comms in the lead up to Community Energy Fortnight, the fortnight itself and after, and suggested copy to share on your social channels. The graphics for CEF2022 are also available on this page. Feel free to use these graphics to help promote your own events and activities, or the fortnight more generally!
There are so many ways community energy organisations can get involved with CEF and we encourage you to run your own #EfficiencyFirst events and activities, with a focus on:
- Funding for energy efficiency - from ideas to action
- Discussions on research, emerging technologies, business models and policies on energy efficiency
- Showcase innovative solutions and ideas to enhance energy efficiency market potential
- Accelerate culture of energy efficiency in England
- Community Engagement activities focused on individual benefits
- Compounding benefits - investing to save. Looking at the social benefit calculations for energy efficiency work and the financial model of invest to save
- Energy Advice
Some ideas already being considered for CEF2022 include:
- Energy advice and fuel poverty - upskilling
- Shallow and deep retrofit – best practice, barriers to scaling up, skills building
- Local Authority best practice and opportunities
- Integrating efficiency and generation – importance and challenges
If you are planning to run an event during CEF please let us know. We look forward to hearing about what activities you have planned and how you will be promoting energy efficiency in your local communities.
With energy prices on the rise, at CEE, we’re setting a challenge to our sector to get out into our communities: How many of us can be offering energy advice and fuel poverty support by winter 2022/23?
As part of CEF2022, you’ll be able to access lots of training, skills building and other opportunities to meet this challenge.
Here’s the way you can take part this year:
1. Start Conversations and build momentum!
CEF is a national event series. You can see all Events to start conversations on Energy Efficiency work in your community this summer and winter. Attend and host events, find out more from others across the country, and see what support, such as funding and training, is available. Get yourself and your colleagues toCommunity Energy Fortnight this June!
2. Sign up for our Starter Training for Fuel Poverty and Energy Advice!
During CEF, a number of key organisations and community energy partners will be hosting starter trainings for those who want to get out into their communities. This training is free and more details will be available soon.
As part of the Community Energy Advice Challenge we are are inviting you to let us know if you are interested in being trained to the nationally recognised NEA's Level 3 Energy Advice standard. CEE and partners will be looking into further funding for groups and individuals to support this training after CEF2022. Please complete this quick expression of interest and we will keep you updated on our progress.
We will be collating more useful energy advice resources on our Energy Efficency How To page over the coming weeks.