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Infrastructure isn’t just about concrete and hard economic growth.

02 November 2016

Infrastructure isn’t just about concrete and hard economic growth. It’s about social connections, too. The qualitative growth that could come from a community learning new skills to manage and run renewable energy projects they own. The conversations over fences, in the post office and pub. It’s the ties that bind us – and the networks that make us a whole greater than the sum of our parts. Indeed, I would argue that our biggest pieces of infrastructure aren’t bridges, or buildings – they’re the welfare state upon which we all rely, and our National Health Service.

Sunset on renewables

80% drop in community owned energy following government u-turns

10 September 2016

New data released by Co-operatives UK has revealed an 80% drop in community owned energy after u-turns by the government. Ten new community energy organisations were registered between 1 January and 6 September this year, compared with 76 green energy start-ups in 2015. The picture is even bleaker in terms of energy generation, says the sector body. “Local communities have put in extraordinary efforts to encourage clean renewable energy in the face of extraordinary barriers put in their way by national politicians,” said Ed Mayo, secretary general of Co-operative UK, which is demanding action around the issue. “We are in the midst of Community Energy Fortnight, a time to celebrate this hopeful and grassroots movement. But the government’s policy changes have dealt it a hammer blow, causing confusion and bringing growth to a virtual standstill.”

Report from conference

09 September 2016

The Green Party Autumn Conference. Democracy in action, Accessibility, Training and Entertainment but bring lunch / dinner unless you don’t mind long dinner queues giving you even opportunities to make new Green Party friends. Eva Langrock-Bircher

Govt wrong. Like grammars, expanding religious schools increases social division, removes opportunity. Facts clear:

08 September 2016

Govt wrong. Like grammars, expanding religious schools increases social division, removes opportunity. Facts clear:

Switch to the Renewable Plan B for Hinkley C This expensive white elephant would hand the keys of Britain's future energy security to the Chinese and French Governments

07 September 2016

This expensive white elephant would hand the keys of Britain's future energy security to the Chinese and French Governments, while blocking investment and grid access for faster and cheaper renewable energy alternatives.

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