The Community Power Report: March In Review
Mümtaz Derya Tarhan
March was a busy month for The Community Power Report. Powered by communities worldwide, our website featured 45 policy and project updates regarding community-owned energy schemes. Another reason that we were busy was trying to establish ties with the global energy community in order to fulfill our goal of providing a platform of communication and inspiration for communities, organizations, policymakers and individuals from all across the world.
Our efforts resulted in over 3,000 visits to our website and over 200 followers on Twitter including community power projects and organizations, co-operative associations, renewable energy portals, and journalists, academics, policymakers and other individuals interested in community-owned renewable energy schemes. We are hoping to spread the word even further, and would be delighted if you would want to support us in our efforts!
Now, what were the main events of March 2012?
It can easily be said that news regarding Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) reigned supreme last month, as;
- FIT Review recommendations were submitted by the Ministry of Energy in Ontario, including a 10% capacity allocation for community projects and a new points system prioritizing community and aboriginal groups.
- Halving of Solar FITs (from 43p to 21p) in the UK deemed to be unlawful by the Supreme Court
- Solar PV FIT program was announced in Palo Alto, California, United States
While the FIT review in Ontario is still at a ‘recommendations’ state and some rules need to be further clarified, the overall news from Ontario, the U.K. and Palo Alto all seem to be positive for the community energy sector. How these rules play out in real life will be closely followed by and featured on The Community Power Report.
Besides FITs, another important incentive for community groups in generating clean energy is grant schemes. Such programs have been announced in the states of New York and Utah in the United States.
Furthermore, funds established by The Co-operative UK, the Community Generation Fund by FSE, and the £103m support for rural clean energy projects in Scotland have also been welcomed by the community groups across the United Kingdom.
Updates from exciting projects have also been featured on The Community Power Report, including but not limited to;
- UK’s first inner-city solar project beginning to generate electricity,
- Completion of UK’s largest school solar project by Bristol Council
- Municipalities in Illinois, Iowa, West Virginia and the Philippines undertaking renewable energy projects
For other communities undertaking generation and conservation activities across the world, please go to our main page.
March has also been a busy month for community power events worldwide, and April already looks pretty busy if you take a look at our Event Calendar!