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Locating Renewables in Community Contexts

One day conference at The Open University

Tuesday 15th November 2005, 10.30am – 5.00pm

Venue: The Berrill Theatre, The Open University, Milton Keynes


From 9.30am    Registration and coffee

10.30am           Session 1:  Renewables and Planning.
Chair: Prof. Andy Blowers (OU) Introduction

10.35am           Case Study: Colin Palmer (Wind Prospect) – Fenland Green Investments and local ownership of renewables - What mainstream developers can do to involve the public.

10.50am           Planning: Dave Toke (University of Birmingham) - UK: What are key factors which influence wind power planning outcomes?

11.05am           1. Joyce Loring (ex SPRU) - How locally inspired projects utilize local social networks to improve the chances of planning consent.

11.20am           2. Sylvia Breukers (University of Amsterdam) - NIMBYism and comparisons between The Netherlands and the UK.

11.35am           3. Patrick Devine-Wright (DeMonfort University) - analysis of NIMBYism

11.50am           Discussant: Andrea Davies from Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).

12.00                Stephen Ward, Centre For Sustainable Energy: Enhancing Community Benefits from large-scale wind projects.

12.15pm           Questions/Discussion.

12.45pm           Buffet Lunch

2.00pm             Session 2:  Community Involvement.
Chair: Prof. Dave Elliott (OU)

2.05pm             Intro: EU successes - Dave Toke

                                EU Case Studies:

2.15pm             1. Henning Holst, from North Germany, who will focus on a new locally owned 50MW project and discuss German local ownership in general.

2.30pm             2. Local ownership in Denmark: Soren Hermansen from Samsoe, Denmark- wind, biomass and solar (plus OU video- 10 mins).

2.55pm             3. Dirk Kestelen, from Germany who will talk about farmer ownership and ‘burgerwindparks’ in Germany.

3.10pm             Questions

3.20pm             Tea

3.35pm             Session 3:  UK Case Studies of success in planning for local ownership.
Chair: Dr Dave Toke

3.35pm             Geraint Davies: The Moel Maelogen project - how local ownership helped get us planning consent, and plans to give opportunities to the public to invest in the project.

3.50pm             Adam Twine: The Westmill Wind Co-operative – the campaign for co-operative clean energy.  A locally inspired project that will be owned by local people through a public share offer.

                        Proposals and problems:

4.05pm             1. Helen Davies: Awel Aman Tawe community co-operative proposal - where are we now?

4.20pm             2. Paul Upham: Biomass at Winkleigh – Problems and prospects in local planning for biomass energy.

4.35pm             Discussant: Georgina Wong (BWEA).

4.45pm             Discussion

5.00pm             END

The Open University,Walton Hall can be reached by train from Milton Keynes Central - Virgin trains from Euston take 35-40 mins, then a taxi to the OU, which takes 5-10 mins. Or by car from the M1 Junction 13 or 14.  Aim for Walton Hall. There is free parking available on the OU site, near the Berrill Building, which, in addition to the Berrill Theatre, also houses the OU Visitors Centre. Maps and more detailed directions are available on the OU webpage:

This conference will be followed in January by ‘Integrating Renewables into the Energy System’, another one-day conference at the OU

See the conference page

New OU books on Sustainable Energy

The two new Open University text books from T206, the OU course on 'Energy for a Sustainable Future', are now available in good bookshops. They are co-published with Oxford University Press and can be ordered direct from them on line:

‘Renewable Energy’ (Second edition, 2004) edited by Godfrey Boyle. Details can be accessed at:

Details of the companion volume 'Energy Systems and Sustainability' (Boyle et al 2003) are at:

The 'Taster' Web site for the 'Energy for a Sustainable Future' course is at:

EERU's web site on UK energy projects, produced originally for the World Summit on Sustianable Development, is a useful source of information , contacts and ideas on sustainable energy'.
The site is at:
Full news release

Greenprices Web site provides a useful guide to green power retail options and prices across Europe, at
also see
Current List of Electricity Tariffs & Offerings  Accredited under Future Energy as of November  2001

Switch to OU Green EnergyOU ‘green’ energy comes to you in partnership with the RSPB – one of Europe’s largest wildlife conservation charities and the Scottish and Southern Energy Group, the UK’s largest generator of renewable energy .... MORE
We are pleased to see this initiative, which we naturally feel is not a bad deal, but if you are interested in signing up for a green power scheme you ought to check out all the options to see what best suits you. See the listings above at and our own Current List of Electricity Tariffs & Offerings 
July 2001 Nuclear Power - back from the grave? A compilation of articles from NATTA’s journal RENEW    NATTA’s bimonthy journal RENEW is dedicated to providing up to date information of the new renewable and sustainable energy options, but it has over the years also kept a watching brief on developments in the nuclear policy and technology area.   Given the current attempt at a nuclear revival, and the ongoing public debate, we felt we should pull together the various reports that have appeared in RENEW into a compilation, to provide readers and others with an overview of the issues.
The edited and updated compilation is 63 pages long and costs £4   from NATTA (£3 to NATTA members)
NATTA’s latest publication, ‘Scuppering the Waves’ by David Ross, is also now available ( for £4, or £3 to NATTA members) ,as is the 25 min. NATTA video ‘Greening Electricity’ on the UK Green Power retail market ( £14.95 or £10 to NATTA members). The Energy Saving Trust said the latter was ‘ a great resource for local authorities, businesses, schools or NGOs’
Also available, the new NATTA report ‘Wind Power – Hydrogen Hybrid Systems and Natural Gas Pipeline System in Northeast Asia’ £7, or £4 to NATTA members.

NATTA/Renew Subscription Details

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The Open University,
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