Our HGN Gathering on Wednesday 20th September is going to take us on a journey through our community transport needs.
Alongside other bus specialists and enthusiasts we will be joined by Anna Heywood of the Hay Ho Community Bus. Find out how have some communities have managed to save their local bus service or put together a viable community-run bus.
Together we’ll map out some of the triumphs, challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of our county’s rural transport services…
Malvern’s new hands-on alfresco science event features our own Gordon Coppock with his Watts Up With Your Energy bikes. Join him and others for a fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology from 10:30am to 4:30pm.
The event is free to attend, and picnickers are welcome.
Saturday 1st July, Priory Park, Great Malvern
This open source project visualises the emissions of electricity generation across Europe along with the potential for renewable energy.
By playing around with the tool available on the website you can discover how wind and solar power have already become a significant part of the energy mix in most European countries.
For those of you who haven’t yet looked in on Richard’s blogs they seek to show how humanity could have a radically better future based on the twin principles of ecological sustainability and social justice: www.richardpriestley.co.uk
On his website there is a MailChimp sign-up form. If you sign-up and you’ll get each new blog direct to your in-box.
For those of you on Twitter, Richard would love a few more followers, @
And while you are there on Twitter you might like to follow the Herefordshire Green Network too: @HfdsGN
Are you interested in developing projects to benefit your community?
CSE are looking to establish interest for a new Ofgem-funded project, hosted by Western Power Distribution, using data from your local substation. The OpenLV project is making electricity network data ‘open access’ for the first time ever. This presents a great opportunity for smart thinking and innovation. We are inviting people to come up with novel ideas for Apps that can make use of this data, or indeed thinking of new ‘offline’ uses for this type of data.
There are around a million electricity substations in the UK. Almost all of them are currently ‘silent’; local people have no way of knowing what is happening at the substation. But substation low voltage (LV) data could be used by communities in all sorts of ways. The OpenLV project aims to work with community groups to help them find a useful way to use this data and work with them to develop an app.
A few ways we think OpenLV data could be used to benefit your community… (Though we would love to hear your ideas too):
- Owners of generation assets could make their installations more profitable by negotiating timed grid connections.
- If you want to build new generation assets you could find out the best place to install your renewable energy project.
- If you want to connect new buildings to the grid you could find out where you can get a new connection.
- If you work with fuel poor households you could you use this information to negotiate cheaper tariffs for bulk switching schemes.
- If you want to start up a car club or encourage local uptake of electric vehicles then data from the local grid will be essential to install charging points.
- If you want to inform your local community about their carbon footprint you could use OpenLV data, and then work on ways to reduce your community’s environmental impact.
- If you are in the process of neighbourhood planning you could identify areas where the grid has the capacity for new developments.
Can you think of any other ways you might be able to use this data?
Please follow this link to our survey to tell us whether this might be something you would be interested in: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/OpenLV.
Expressing an initial interest in participating in the project does not commit you to further participation. Once we have determined initial levels of interest, there will be a selection process to recruit communities that will receive full support* to develop their app ideas.
The survey will remain open until 9am on Tuesday 11th July.
Thanks to all of you who came along to our promotion of the film ‘Tomorrow’ at the Courtyard last week – and also those of you who attended Chris Evan’s fascinating introduction to permaculture at our HGN Gathering on Wednesday.
One of the outcomes of the discussions after the showing of ‘Tomorrow’ was the question: what can we do – right now?
Chris responded to this at the HGN Gathering with suggestions about how we move towards action in our day-to-day lives. He suggested using the three core permaculture principles as the basis to our response:
- Decrease our personal use of non-renewable resources (Earth Care). This might simply be through growing our awareness of aspects of our daily routines, and making changes.
- Align with like-minded people (People Care). Including coming along to HGN Gatherings! & talking about what we are doing with friends and colleagues / sharing our ideas. Together we’ll create opportunities.
- Involve ourselves in earth cycles of ‘growing’ (Fair Share). This might be the growing of food or resources, and might simply be by making ‘smart’ shopping choices – buying local / organic etc
At our next HGN Gathering (Wednesday 19th July) we are planning a session focussing on opportunities to ‘Get Active’. We hope this session will be led by local organisation New Leaf Sustainable Development who have a number of exciting projects under development with opportunities for local people to get involved.
Please put the date in your diary and come along to find out more.
Thanks also to the Turnastone Peace Choir for coming along at 6pm prior to our Gathering on Wednesday. Joining voices with their simple inspiring songs makes for a tuned-in start to a focused evening of discussions. Ben Salmon and the Turnastone singers will be joining us again on the 19th July. Everyone is welcome to come and join in.
More to follow soon – in the meantime happy weekending & making Tomorrow Today …