Energy

Who we are

We’re a committed group within Hope Valley Climate Action focusing on improving energy efficiency and expanding green energy generation – two essential elements in the drive to achieve net-zero CO² emissions by 2050.

The tasks we’ve set ourselves

Heating buildings with fossil fuels (mostly natural gas) accounts for nearly 25% of the UK’s CO² emissions, most of which come from people’s homes! In addition, two thirds of the country’s ageing housing stock have an EPC rating of D or worse. One of our key aims, therefore, is to encourage more homeowners in the Hope Valley to insulate their houses in preparation for the switch to low carbon heating systems – a central goal of the Government’s Heat and Buildings Strategy.

One way we are trying to achieve this goal is by organising an annual OPEN ECO-HOMES EVENT, when visitors can visit a range of homes in the Valley where the owners’ renovations have improved energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

Evidence suggests that would-be home improvers are confused by the mass of information currently available, distrustful of some of the advice from companies offering retrofitting services, and concerned about the costs involved, the problem of quality control and the likely upheaval caused by the improvement work. A second ongoing task of ours is, therefore, to offer reliable, experience-based guidance on ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RETROFITTING and to, hopefully,  build up a local network of homeowners and installers who have carried out energy saving/generation measures and are willing to share their knowledge/offer their services.

Recent government modelling concludes wind and solar electricity generation might have to increase fourfold by 2050 in order to achieve net-zero by 2050 and although most generation will take place off-shore, it is likely that on-shore generation will also increase, especially as the public is increasingly supportive of it. The government has also indicated that it will consider additional funding for community energy projects such as the one planned by Hope Valley Renewables. As a result of all these factors, we have, therefore, set ourselves the task of investigating the feasibility and appetite for medium and large-scale RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION projects (e.g. solar panels on public buildings, large single wind turbines, static and floating solar farms) in the Hope Valley area. We are also exploring the possible benefits of community ownership of such installations.

As it’s clear much of the government funding for energy efficiency upgrading in domestic properties will be allocated to local authorities, we are working hard with other local climate-change organisations to LOBBY local councils, our local MPs, and the Peak Park with the aim of persuading them to commit to setting up and funding long-term schemes for wide-scale retrofitting both in owned and rented properties.

Our Events

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How to get involved

We’d love to hear from you….

  • …if you have qualifications and/or experience in sustainable building or green energy generation and would like to offer your expertise to the group
  • … if you have an interest in one or more of the energy issues we focus on
  • … if you’d just like to come along to one of our events or meetings

Just drop us a line at  hvca.energy.group@gmail.com

Our news

Renewables – next steps
The July 2022 General Meeting was arranged by the Energy Group at Sir William Hill trig point. Steve Platt summarised HVCA’s Energy Study and answered questions. He explained how much electricity we will need as we electrify our home heating and vehicles and will describe the options for local generation and storage.   Andy Nash […]
Renewables in Hope Valley
HVCA’s Energy Group has just published its study of the feasibility of installing renewables in Hope Valley. The Group is also involved in a related programme of work on energy efficiency and retrofitting homes.   Download short Report We set ourselves 3 simple questions. 1.  How much electricity will we need in Hope Valley as we electrify our […]
Installing a heat pump
We live in a 1970s four bedroom detached house in Hathersage. For environmental reasons, we converted from a gas hob and gas CH to an ASHP and electrical induction hob, thus disconnecting from mains gas. A generous government allowance towards the costs helped.  Below are some of the benefits and potential and actual problems with […]
Letter to our MPs Re. Energy
The British Energy Security Strategy is clearly timely. However we think that there are important elements missing and that what is proposed does not adequately reflect the enormity of the challenge we face if we are to avoid climate breakdown. Letter to Robert Largan MP Letter to Sarah Dines MP Our “Asks” Has the Government […]
Retrofitting homes in Hope Valley
A talk and Q&A by Peter Rickaby Why retrofitting our homes is essential to decarbonisation Taking account the requirement of the entire building, from a technical standpoint and occupancy comfort. Managing retrofit risks, especially moisture risks in traditionally constructed homes Zoom Recording (available until 31 May) Download Slides Link to Archived Recording on Google Drive Peter […]
Home Energy Efficiency Tips
Preliminaries We have a large variety of construction types in the Peal District, spanning hundreds of years of materials development. Therefore the materials and methods of insulating the fabric need to take account of this variety.   You need to work up a list of priorities that apply to your home. – Jobs aways take […]
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