Green Breakfast 14 Nov 2012 with guest speaker Chris Pomfret, Founder of Community Buying unLimited

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We were pleased to welcome Chris Pomfret, Founder of Community Buying unLimited to the third green breakfast of the Autumn 2012 series at Oxford on 14 November.

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Green Breakfast 14 Nov 2012 with guest speaker Chris Pomfret, Founder of Community Buying unLimited

  1. 1. People Power: Harnessing the Power of the CommunityChris PomfretNovember 2012
  2. 2. Angry or excited?“A different world cannot be built by indifferent people” OIL – what price?
  3. 3. Living “near” somewhere…
  4. 4. Seven year journey…
  5. 5. “they are right”
  6. 6. Passport to Pimlico
  7. 7. When a community decides…
  8. 8. Flip the relationship… £60k in 30 months
  9. 9. Taking on a powerful industry
  10. 10. Responsible hooliganismLocality: “Communities ambitious for change”DECC: “Turning the dumbest energy smart”
  11. 11. Seeing the back of heating OIL
  12. 12. DECC business plan 2011‐15Our vision is of a thriving, globally competitive, low carbon energy economy. Achieving this through a long term transition to secure, affordable, low carbon energy on the way to an 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 will mean a transformation in the way we generate and use energy.But as we look to the future, decarbonising our energy use will mean far more use of electricity in our transport system, in the way we heat our homes and businesses, and in the way our industry operates.
  13. 13. Reinventing an anachronism
  14. 14. The epicentre…
  15. 15. The Rural Energy Smart Grid• Knowledge is power ‐ online platform• Remote monitoring ‐ planning• Energy saving, money saving• Connecting the dots• Smoothing supply issues• Create 1000 jobs in 2013 for NEETS• Endless possibilities  ‐ payment• INFORMS DECC ‐ Smart Meter• Community OIL fund ‐ 5%• Extracting 50 million tons of CO2Beyond the Triple Bottom Line
  16. 16. DECC writing my business plan• “You inspired me to call Kevin at  Cornwall Council” – Cornwall Together• Collective switching phenomenon
  17. 17. When it’s staring right at youWhat about your community?
  18. 18. The possibilities? Infinite… “I know of two things that are infinite:  The Universe and Human Stupidity… but I am not sure about The Universe” Chris Pomfret Founder chris@community‐buying.com Twitter:  @powerofthegroup
  19. 19. From a tiny village group…• Largest community OIL buyers by volume – most ethical model• 22 Rural Community Councils – sustainable income• Housing Associations – reaching the vulnerable• Tim Smit & Eden Project – Cornwall Together • Fuel poverty – pay as you go OIL• Transparency• Rural Dual Fuel• Carbon emission offsets • Northern Ireland• Behaviour change – energy management & security• Energy change – renewable revolution • Triple Bottom Line perfection – FUEL POOR, NEETS, REDUCED CO2
  20. 20. The opportunities are endless

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