01 Apr 2009
Energy co-operatives are quite popular in the US - I know of several. The American 'minimalist' style of government makes it a bit easier than over here for organisations like this, where as we're a bit more hands-on over here, which can make projects like this quite hard to get off the ground. That said, I'm all for it and I'd love to get involved. Keep me posted!
06 Apr 2009
That looks like a great project - good luck with it!
17 Apr 2009
Energy4All with backing from Advantage West Midlands has just anounced . It sponsored a "convergence" which I and several members of a village group attended on March 27th (our group is hoping to harness a local river to generate electricity). The purpose of Sharenergy is to encourage, develop and support local energy generating coops in Shropshire, Herefordshire and part of Worcestershire
The first, claimed, is in New Mills at the foot of the Pennines.There are other such coops in existence or in the course of formation. So there is more grass-roots activity than your discussion group has so far suggested. Back to the pre national grid days when electricity was produced by local businesses, without the huge and wasteful power losses of the grid?
Posted on behalf of Paddy - an email correspondent.
17 Jul 2009
Thank you for your contribution but in the body text of my preamble to the question I clearly stated that coops exist already such as Sharenergy, but you have to admit that these are at best regional initiativves and though valuable are not a National cooperative as I was proposing, that as a National organisation invested in energy generation and also supplied energy (and other fuels) and energy technology to a memberr controlled organisation.
Hopefully the recent government announcement will liven this area up and the Gov's claim that planning laws will become easier to navigate will come good too!