Call for Directors

Introduction to HREC

Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-operative (HREC) was established and registered as a Co-operative (under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, 1965), in 2013. It grew out of an initiative taken by members of three organisations – Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC), Transition Andover and Transition Basingstoke.

The main aim of HREC is to establish community-owned renewable energy projects throughout Hampshire. It has supplementary objectives of promoting energy efficiency and education about renewable energy.

The initial work of the group has been on a variety of solar PV and onshore wind projects of which EDF-ER’s proposal to build a 14-turbine wind farm at Bullington Cross is the largest and most ambitious. Since early 2013 HREC has been in discussion and negotiation with EDF-ER.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with EDF-ER in August 2013 under which HREC shall, at their discretion, have the option to purchase a Revenue Share in EDF-ER’s wholly owned special purpose vehicle, Bullington Cross Wind Farm Ltd (BCWFL); the Revenue Share may vary between 2.5% and 10% of the BCWFL net revenues.

The site of the wind farm is at the meeting point of three local planning authorities – Basingstoke and Deane and Test Valley Borough Councils and Winchester City Council. In June 2014, all three planning authorities turned down the planning application from EDF-ER; the application is currently the subject of a planning appeal, which is scheduled to be heard in October 2015.

HREC also has signed an MoU with Solafields, a commercial solar PV developer in respect of a proposed 12 MW solar farm near Bishops Waltham. If planning permission is obtained HREC will have an option to purchase between 5% and 10% of the output of the solar farm on the understanding that priority in purchasing shares in the solar farm will be given to those living within the Shedfield and Bishops Waltham parishes.

HREC has also been working with a non-profit social enterprise, Energy4All (E4All), which has many years experience of organising successful share issues of renewable energy projects throughout the UK. E4All has the expertise and experience to support HREC during the pre-planning, post-consent and operational phases of major new projects.

Members and Supporters

Membership of HREC is open to all individuals who pay a £10 annual subscription.

The Directors intend to introduce a category of Corporate Supporters in 2015.

The nine HREC directors all live in Hampshire and have considerable and varied professional experience in finance, management, law, communications and marketing, renewable energy and politics.

The current understanding is that directors contribute a minimum of 15 hours each month pro bono to the work of the Co-op. On top of this voluntary work, in the course of the last 12 months four HREC directors have received remuneration for a small number of days of additional specialist work.

At least two of the current directors will be stepping down from the Board at the AGM to be held in the autumn 2015. The Board is particularly interested in recruiting new directors, who live in Hampshire, who have an enthusiasm for developing community-owned renewable energy and have expertise in either finance, accounting or project management.

More information
Those interested in becoming a director of HREC are asked to contact either Robert Hutchison (01962-870082, drd.hutchison@btinternet.com) or Andrew Thompson (07831-144525, andrewthompson1958@btinternet.com)

Please share this information with your friends and colleagues and on social media. Many thanks!

February 28th – Clipboard Day Whitchurch

Volunteers needed for Clipboard Day in Whitchurch

Join supporters and volunteers of HREC at Whitchurch on Saturday 28th February to raise support and spread the word about the Bullington Cross appeal.

As the closest town to the proposed site, support from the inhabitants of Whitchurch is crucial in persuading the planning inspectorate. So do something great and support us in raising support!

Email us to let us know you will be coming at info@hampshire-energy.coop

 

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Let’s make some news

 

Make Headlines

Local news is one of the best ways of getting your voice heard and sharing your opinion with a large audience. It is a great tool to promote your ideas, and when your voice is part of a larger crowd of voices it becomes real news.

That’s why HREC are asking all our supporters to write in to your local newspaper. One letter about Bullington Cross might make it into the local comment pages, a whole barrage of letters makes headlines.

As always, you can find some inspiration below and details of who to write to.

So don’t wait, get writing and let’s make some headlines.

Tips and Advice

Keep it short- editors get hundreds of letters per week, all competing for valuable print space. Keeping things brief give you the best chance of being included.

Make it Persuasive- We all know several good reasons why community owned wind energy is necessary, pick one or two rather than trying to squeeze them all in.  If you need some inspiration we have included some of our best below.

Make it personal- There is an old adage in journalism; “facts tell, stories sell”. Journalists love the personal touch. Think why Bullington Cross is important to you and cover that.

12 Good Reasons

1. 70% of the UK population support wind farms.

2. 2,750 local people have written to Basingstoke, Winchester and Andover councils asking for community ownership of the Bullington Cross wind farm.

3. The benefits of wind farms far outweigh any costs. They reduce carbon emissions, do not produce pollution,  produce cheap renewable energy, generate local jobs, increase council revenues, and reduce our reliance on expensive dirty imported fossil fuels. 

4. Wind farms generated enough electricity to power 5 million homes last year

6. Wind farms are just as efficient as nuclear, gas, and coal fired power plants.

5. By the end of 2013 17% of UK electricity came from renewable resources.

6. Wind farms have a smaller impact on our landscape than coal, oil, gas or nuclear power plants.

7. We have to get our electricity from somewhere it makes sense that we make some of it ourselves

8. Hampshire spends £4 billion a year on fossil fuels to generate energy.  This is a drain on our local economy.  We can make energy renewably ourselves and save money. 

9. Community ownership means the benefits and profits from the wind farm accrue to local people ie US

10. A co-operative (Hampshire Renewable Energy Co-op) has been formed to buy a community stake in the wind farm.

11. The biggest danger facing our countryside is climate change.

12. A NO to wind farms = A YES for climate change.

 

If your letters get printed please do let us know so we can feature them here on our website. Thanks!

 

Photo Credit: DB Photographs

Calender of Events until Planning Decision

Below you can learn about what events we have planned for the next five weeks in the run up to the planning decision on the 16th June.

Event calender advert

Time is running out, so come along to one of the events and help spread the word and collect those valuable signatures.

To join us and raise support for community renewable energy then email us at alan.walker@hampshire-energy.coop telling us where and when you would like to help.