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

How green is my valley?
A big thank you to the many people who completed the Energy Survey.  214 people responded. Energy Survey Findings  Download    HVCA Energy Survey Report Home energy efficiency The stand-out finding is that about half the obstacles to home energy improvement are things that HVCA can help with by providing reliable information (31%) campaigning for a change […]
B-Snug hybrid heat pumps are coming to Hope Valley
Passivsystems https://www.passivsystems.com are working work with Shell and EDF to deliver a hybrid heat pump system to Hope Valley.     B-Snug hybid heat pumps https://www.b-snug.com is being rolled out on the back of two government grants – the renewable heating initiative and the metering and monitoring service package. This means the installation will cost you virtually […]
Have you done anything to make your home more energy efficient?
Open Eco Homes Days 2021 HVCA Energy group is planning Open Eco Homes days next summer on 19-20 June (provisonally).  We are following the model of Cambridge Open Eco Homes (http://openecohomes.org) With the Government target of net zero emissions by 2050 and green home improvement grants, we feel the Open Eco Homes will encourage Valley folk […]
New Green Homes Grant
To qualify for any financial support, you’ll need to be installing at least one of the following “primary” improvements: Insulation, including solid wall, cavity wall, underfloor, loft or roof insulation. Low carbon heating, such as air-source or ground-source heat pumps, or solar thermal systems, which provide renewable ways of heating your home.  If you already have these […]
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