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Governments in several European countries have developed policies that encourage companies to share ownership of renewable energy projects with local communities. Shared ownership presumes that company and community actors have common goals, can form effective partnerships and negotiate fair outcomes. But there is a lack of research on shared ownership, in particular, how it is constructed by different actors, and the role of trust in shaping practice.

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has published a new policy briefing which reviews the changing energy policy in both the UK and the EU, in response to various challenges, policy goals and technological developments, and considers the implications for UK energy policy in the event of a vote to remain in the EU or of Brexit. 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

Cardiff

Charles Hargreaves, associate director, Renewable Energy, Ofgem, will give the keynote address at this seminar, organised by Policy Forum for Wales.

This new report from the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), which was commissioned by the European Climate Foundation, aims to define and articulate effective and workable sustainability criteria for the use of biomass in the production of energy, primarily in biofuels, in the post 2020 period.  Its main focus is on renewable transport fuel, but many of the criteria are applicable to the wider use of biomass for energy purposes. 

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The Centre for Sustainable Energy has produced a guidance note to aid community groups identify suitable areas for onshore wind development in their Neighbourhood Plan. 

Policy changes from June 2015 have enabled local people to have the final say on planning applications for wind turbines.  The government introduced two pre-conditions that onshore wind proposals would have to meet in order to get planning permission:

SDRN Mailing, 4 May 2016

By Editor on 4th May 2016
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SDRN Mailing, 4 May 2016

By Editor on 4th May 2016
Found in: News
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:30 to 13:00

Guest of Honour: Chris Stark, Director of Energy and Climate Change, Scottish Government

Researchers in Norway have undertaken a study looking at the reasons why the Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) market share is far higher in Norway than in any other country.  There are strong incentives for promoting purchase and ownership of BEVs – for instance, exemptions from purchase tax and VAT – and the researchers analysed data from a survey of 3,400 BEV owners in Norway to determine which incentives are critical for the purchase of BEV vehicles and which groups of buyers  respond to different types of incentives. 

Researchers at the University of Bath and Queen Mary University of London, in collaboration with Bristol Bioenergy Centre, have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power. 

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