Alex Meredith

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What has happened to progressive ideas on energy policy?  Politicians seem to be locked in a rhetorical battle to go further and further backwards. There’s talk of a windfall tax which we tried in the noughties; some want a pool which we ditched in the nineties; and some want direct price manipulation which was the fashion of the seventies.  Nationalisation is a word that keeps getting cheers on Question Time.  The debate… Read More

Did you forget to send a Father’s Day gift? Fear not, I have the very thing.  This brilliant idea could save you from a year of repentance and might even win a few brownie points for financial prudence (a highly valued skill in the eyes of all Dads). Instead of rushing to dispatch a flimsy token, this gift will make a real difference to a London community, and might just provide a… Read More

An influential report has provided damning evidence of the Welsh Government’s lack of progress on community energy. Published today, the Second Annual Report of the Climate Change Commission for Wales  highlights the sluggishness of Welsh Government (WG)  to promote or support community action on energy in Wales. Despite optimism around the launch of Community Energy Wales in June 2012 and continued calls for communities to be better engaged in energy generation, today’s report finds… Read More

Connecting communities to their local renewable power supply seems to me to be one of the best ways to achieve a popular green revolution. Bottom-up action is always the most effective and sustainable and coming together to construct an Archimedes screw or windmill might be more appealing to a broader range of people than funding a new church roof. Community schemes can also profoundly change attitudes to the visibility of renewable energy… Read More