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.

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

Energy, Heat and Buildings Post COP 26
Strong on Ambition, Weak on Delivery What are the Implications for Britain and for our campaigning? Wednesday 1 December 2021 Listen to a Zoom recording of the meeting    Passcode:  NGX%buq4 The HVCA Energy group arranged a zoom meeting in relation to Energy Heat and Buildings to reflect on the implications of COP 26 and the […]
Power to the People
Future Domestic Energy Demand in Hope Valley ­ 1.      Introduction This report was undertaken by the Hope Valley Climate Action Energy Group, to understand why and by how much our domestic electricity demand is likely to change in the years leading to 2050, and hence set a baseline for what domestic electricity demand the Hope Valley […]
Strong on Ambition, Weak on Delivery
Energy Heat and Buildings Post COP 26What are the Implications for Britain and for our campaigning? A zoom Meeting hosted by Hope Valley Climate Action Energy Group 7.15 pm to 9.15 pm Wednesday 1 December 2021 The HVCA Energy group is arranging a meeting on zoom in relation to Energy Heat and Buildings to reflect […]
Retrofitting buildings with Nick Parsons
Principles and Practicalities of Insulating Homes in Hope Valley FRIDAY 18 JUNE AT 7.00PM Nick Parsons gave a fantastic talk about the principles and practicalities of insulating / retrofitting homes. Nick Parsons has worked in the field of energy efficiency and sustainable buildings for over 30 years. The talk was hosted by the HVCA Energy […]
Energy Group
Who we are We’re a small but committed group within Hope Valley Climate Action focusing on the promotion of energy efficiency, sustainable building and green energy generation, all three of which we view as essential elements in the drive to achieve the UK’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.  Home energy efficiency Local green […]
Local electricity
Local Electricity – a discussion with Richard Noakes and Steve Shaw, brought to you by Hope Valley Climate Action. Monday 7th December at 19.30. Steve Shaw founded Power for People, a climate change group that are campaigning for the Local Electricity Bill – that they authored – to be made law. The aim of the Bill is […]
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