Community Energy Action Group – Transition Stroud

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Update March 2019:

Mon 29 April, Stroud, Community Energy Action Group (Transition Stroud)

The date for the next meeting of the Community Energy Action Group is Monday 29th April, 19.30-21.30. The meeting will be in the Imperial Hotel, Stroud, next to the railway station.

In the meantime, here’s a link to the response of Community Energy England and others to the Government consultation on the proposed Smart Export Guarantee.

A couple of important updates following on from the discussion at the last community energy action group about ways to help lay the groundwork for achieving the Stroud Carbon Neutral 2030 commitment.

The first is that Transition Stroud is organising a workshop on ‘Setting up a local climate action group’. This will take place on Sunday, 28 April 2019, 13:30 – 16:30, at St Laurence Church Hall, The Shambles, Stroud, GL5 1AP. The workshop is designed for individuals interested in setting up a ‘climate action’ group in their local community. The workshop will: provide information about local experiences and good practice in setting up groups; and enable discussion, sharing and learning about early steps. If you are interested, please register here. If you know others who might be interested please share.

The second is to draw your attention to a short note on the status of neighbourhood planning across the Stroud District. This identifies where there might be early prospects for positive plan development from a SCN2030 perspective, and suggests a focus for a future strategy. Please give the note a quick read and provide any feedback on the observations and suggestions. We will review next steps on neighbourhood planning at the meeting of the action group on 29 April.

Fred Barker


TS Community Energy Action Group

07803 905 430


Update 5 February 2019

Gloucestershire’s Energy Strategy – from GFirst LEP

Please follow the link here to download a copy of Gloucestershire’s Energy Strategy from the GFirst LEP website:

  • It sets out how Gloucestershire can play its part in achieving a zero carbon energy future and by committing to become carbon neutral by 2050.
  • The Road map identifies specific activities to ensure short, medium and long term changes from 2019 – 2025 whilst ensuring all policies and programmes respect the strategy’s ambitions.
  • An overarching SWOT identifies Gloucestershire’s strengths as well as areas for development, with the 9 key building blocks underpinning the commitment required to deliver these.
  • There is emphasis on embedding the strategy into local plans and the ambitions outlined are already starting to be included in the development of projects within the county. This will also play a key role in the development of the county’s Local Industrial Strategy.


E-mail of 17 Oct 2018

Dear Friends,

Please find attached the note of decisions and actions from the meeting of the Community Energy Action Group on 15 October.

I’d also like to draw your attention to:

  • An opportunity for residents of Kingswood, Wickwar and Hillesley to serve on an advisory panel to review applications to the community benefit fund of Resilient Energy Mounteney Renewables.  If you know anyone from those areas that might be interested please let them see the attached flyer from the Resilience Centre.  Closing date is 31 October.
  • Transition Stroud’s Eco Home events on 3 and 10 November.  See for details.
  • An invite to Nailsworth Climate Action Town’s meeting with Alan Whitehead MP, Labour’s energy and climate change shadow minister, at the Arkell Centre Nailsworth Thursday 29th November 7.15 for 7.30 start. The meeting will discuss: how current Labour Party policies can be turned into a holistic plan to urgently transition us to a low carbon sustainable Britain; and how national policy could help local communities play their part in this transition.  Please e-mail NCAT’s secretary if you intend to go.
  • The attached stimulus paper which informed discussion at the recent stakeholder workshop to inform preparation of a Gloucestershire Energy Strategy.  We should have opportunity to comment on a draft of the strategy – watch out for an update!

As ever, if you have comments, observations or suggestions, or want to have a chat about things community energy, please get in touch.

Fred Barker

Convenor, Transition Stroud Community Energy Action Group

07803 905 430


E-mail of 7 Sep 2018

Dear Friends,

I attach the draft note of the decisions and actions from the Community Energy Action Group meeting on 4 September.

The ‘headline’ action is the establishment of a task group to develop proposals on how to make an ‘identify-encourage-enable’ approach to project development, and working with Gloucestershire Community Energy Cooperative (GCEC), work effectively in practice.  The task group will report back to the next meeting of the action group in October (watch out for a separate e-mail ‘doodling’ for dates).

Please also consider the following actions:

2              PV on Schools: please let Alison Crane know if you have good contacts with an Academy secondary school (, so that GCEC can open discussions about installing rooftop PV before the FIT ends next March.

14           Gloucestershire Energy Strategy: if you want to input to strategy development, register for the stakeholder workshop on 9 Oct at

20           Information/research: if you’d like access to our extensive on-line library of material about renewable and community energy please let me know and I’ll make it so.

21           Skills inventory: if you or a friend/colleague have skills and experience that could be offered to the group, please let me know.  This might include, for example, renewable energy development, energy audits, project management, fundraising, community engagement and partnership working (to name but a few!).  If you’d like a chat about this give me a ring.

Any further comments or thoughts, please get in touch!

Best wishes,

Fred Barker

Convenor, Community Energy Action Group

Transition Stroud

07803 905 430