Community Energy South is delighted to invite you to its third annual conference on 25th September in Lewes, which will explore the future of community-owned renewable energy in the south east.

Friday 25th September 2015

Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes

10am – 5pm

Free (lunch included)


Whether you are part of an established project generating clean energy for your local area, you are just starting out in the world of community energy, or you just want to find out what it’s all about, this event is for you.

Featuring a programme of some of the country’s leading community energy experts and policy makers, the conference will examine the challenges that lie ahead for community energy in the south east.

To reserve your space at what will be a truly fantastic and inspirational event, visit http://lewes2030conference.eventbrite.co.uk

The government is expected to publish its review of the Feed-in Tariff a few weeks before the conference, so the timing makes this a perfect opportunity to hear about the latest developments in the rapid changing policy landscape for renewable energy and, importantly, how it will impact on community energy.

Powering Our Communities is taking place as part of Community Energy Fortnight and will also feature sessions focusing on Community Energy South’s core strategy of supply, energy efficiency, energy generation and training.

Darshana Ubl imageSpeakers for the day include Darshana Ubl, Tedx Speaker and SME Ambassador on BBC News; Graham Ayling, Head of Foundation at the Energy Saving Trust; Chris Tomlinson, Development Manager for the E.ON Rampion Wind Farm near Newhaven; Dr. Alister Scott, Chair of the Cuckmere Community Solar Company; and Richard Watson from Energise Sussex Coast and the inspiration behind Big Energy Saving Network in Kent and Sussex.

Additional guest speakers and a full agenda will be announced shortly.

The events during the day are free to attend (including lunch and refreshments) to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy access to an fantastic range of speakers and community energy experts.

To book your tickets for what promises to be an inspirational evening, visit http://lewes2030reception.eventbrite.co.uk/.

From 7pm – 9pm on the evening of Friday 25th September, Community Energy South will host an evening reception at Pelham House featuring Jonathon Porritt, the world-renowned environmentalist, in conversation with Howard Johns, Chair of Ovesco, and Philip Sellwood, Chief Executive of the Energy Saving Trust Group.

Johnathon PorrittJonathon Porritt is Founder Director and Trustee of Forum for the Future and an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. He will talk about his book The World We Made, which is told from the perspective of someone living in 2050, and share his thoughts on how our communities may change in the future. The evening’s discussion will also look at the energy and environmental challenges we face and discuss how together we can all play a part in the transition to a low carbon, sustainable future.

The reception is a paid for event and will cost £8 in advance, or £10 on the door, and will include a free drink.

To book your tickets for what promises to be an inspirational evening, visit lewes2030reception.eventbrite.co.uk.

The reception will also mark the launch of Energy Revolution – a groundbreaking new book by Howard Johns. Energy Revolution makes a powerful case for why we must switch to renewables and covers everything you need to know about starting a renewable energy project in your area. The book draws on success stories from energy pioneers in the UK, America, Europe, Asia and Africa and shows we can all play a role in the renewable energy revolution, helping to change the world one community at a time.

Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition Movement, has said that the book “paints a spellbinding picture of the revolution happening around us, and the part you could play in it.” For more information about the book, visit energyrevolution.solutions


Lewes 2030 is kindly supported by:



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Lewes Railway Land Wildlife Trust




About Lewes 2030 Festival

Lewes 2030 part of Community Energy Fortnight, is a two day festival exploring the future of community-owned renewable energy in the south east. The festival will launch a project to encourage local planning and action towards 2030.


The Powering of Communities

The second day of the festival,Saturday 26th September, is an open event looking at how our communities are changing and what it might be like to live in Lewes in 2030. The event will feature lots of fun and interactive activities for all ages, including face-ageing, zero carbon energy plans and map of renewable energy in the Lewes District.

There is no need to reserve a space for day two of the festival, just turn up at the Linklater Pavilion on Railway Lane in Lewes at any time between 10am and 4pm, and bring your friends and family!

For more information, please contact Danny Stevens, Lewes 2030 Project Manager, at lewes2030@gmail.com.


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