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Social Enterprise Study Visit 18th November 2009 Marches Energy Agency


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  • 1. Study Visit <The Who|How|Why|When |What & Where of MEA> Richard Davies Director
  • 2. Expectations? To find out about MEA To find out how we set up & kept going Look around building Where we have come from and where we are going Explore collaboration between Fordhall Farm & MEA Find out about funding for renewable energy
  • 3. Good Morning
  • 4. Threat?
  • 5. The energy tri-lemma 1. Affordability 2. Reliability 3. Low Carbon
  • 6. Professor David MacKay Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)
  • 7. ‘The best scientific projections indicate that we have very little time left - indeed, less than one hundred months - in which to alter our behaviour drastically. Although I wish it were otherwise, I fear we have reached the point when if we do too little, too late to tackle this problem, the consequences could be catastrophic.’
  • 8. "Regardless of which route we choose, the world's current predicament limits our maneuvering room. We are experiencing a step-change in the growth rate of energy demand due to population growth and economic development, and Shell estimates that after 2015 supplies of easy-to-access oil and gas will no longer keep up with demand." Jeroen van der Veer, CEO Shell 28th January 2008
  • 9. 900 800 700 600 (carbon dioixde equivalent) million tonnes 500 400 Basket of greenhouse gases (CO2 equiv) Carbon Dioxide 300 200 100 0 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Source: AEA
  • 10. 1850
  • 11. What does this mean for AnyPlace in 2020? Meeting carbon budgets in 2020 will require a reduction in average per person emissions from the current level of 9 tCO2 to 6 tCO2. In a County where carbon budgets are achieved, the typical person will: • Meet more of their energy needs from low-carbon power. • Live in well-insulated homes with new efficient boilers and advanced heating controls. • Purchase energy-efficient appliances and use these on low-carbon cycles (e.g. low temperature washing and dishwashing). • Work in energy-efficient offices with power and heating from low carbon sources. • Drive more carbon-efficient cars, including hybrids, electric cars or plug-in hybrids with charging infrastructure at home, at work and in public places. • Drive in an eco-friendly manner (e.g. not carrying excess weight in the car) and within the existing speed limit. • Plan journeys better and use public transport more. Together these changes would be sufficient to achieve carbon budgets. They could significantly improve energy security of supply and air quality, and therefore maintain or improve quality of life.
  • 12. ‘We have a vision of a different Britain. It is a vision of a Britain in which our cars run on electricity; high speed trains whisk us from North to South in less time than it takes to get across greater London; we produce much more but use much less energy to do it; our power suppliers no longer depend to any great extent on imported oil and gas; our homes require less energy, produce far more of their own energy and are heated by gas we produce from our own agricultural and domestic waste. It is a vision of a Britain which leads the world in new green technologies. Secured against interruptions of supply and volatile prices, our industry can plan for growth. Our national security is guaranteed, regardless of decisions by volatile governments elsewhere to close pipelines or restrict supply. It is a decentralised vision rather than one in which all decisions about our energy future are vested in the government. Through it we play our full part in protecting our planet against the effects of man-made climate change.’
  • 13. Opportunity?
  • 14. 1. The advancement of education for the public benefit in particular but not exclusively in relation to energy conservation the efficient use of energy and the utilisation of renewable sources of energy; 2. The promotion, conservation enhancement and improvement of the environment and the encouragement of understanding and awareness of the importance of sustainable development in particular but not exclusively in the Marches area of England and Wales; and 3. The relief of poverty and the preservation and protection of health by promoting the efficient use of energy (including energy for heating purposes) and utilisation of renewable sources of energy.
  • 16. Our vision at MEA is of achieving the following two sets of long-term or ultimate goals: That the households and communities we work with and ultimately the areas in which we work as a whole will experience: • a decrease in energy intensity, • a reduction in energy use overall, • a reduction in dependence on energy from non indigenous and environmentally damaging sources, • an increase in the use of appropriate and sustainable renewable energy sources.
  • 17. In working toward our mission and this vision, MEA operates according to the following set of values: We shall: • Be passionate, professional, inclusive and honest in all that we do; • Inspire, encourage and help others to use and produce energy more sustainably; • Establish long term relationships wherever possible with customers and funders alike; • Perform to standards that are a source of pride for staff, trustees and stakeholders; • Offer first class skills to our customers; • Be sensitive to risk and identify, understand and manage potential risks; • To provide positive, enjoyable and rewarding work and volunteering opportunities.
  • 18. That the households and communities we work with will receive the following benefits as a result of our activities: • improved air quality, • improved health and well-being, • a reduction in outflow of cash to external energy suppliers, • an increase in understanding of the issues surrounding energy efficiency & renewable energy, • increased employment and training opportunities in the sustainable energy field.
  • 19. From the website Our aim is to encourage three D's - Demand reduction (using less), Decarbonisation (low carbon sources of energy) and Decentralisation (more local energy production and supply). This will help deliver on the UK's commitment to the climate change challenge, whilst helping to ensure that there is a sustainable, secure and affordable supply of energy for everyone. We aim to contribute to these goals in ways that strengthen the economic capability of the areas in which we work.
  • 20. Financial history/future…… Financial Year End Gross Unrestricted Income 31st March 1999 £ 62,776 31st March 2000 £107,931 31st March 2001 £ 93,789 31st March 2002 £180,131 31st March 2003 £143,755 31st March 2004 £196,902 31st March 2005 £232,000 31st March 2006 £316,424 31st March 2007 £465,773 31st March 2008 £745,527 31st March 2009 £965,000 (Estimated) 31st March 2010 £1,250,000 (Estimated) Key issues: Lean overheads. Sensitivity to the Autumn ‘hungry gap’, Less un-productive time. More sophisticated approach to income ‘sustaining’ vs ‘passing through’ Key goals: Tendering, trusts, grants, funding officer. Build reserves in 2009/2010. More cash. Funded posts.
  • 21. kg CO2/ month