Communities for Wind Working Group launched under SAWEA

At this years Windaba in Cape Town, the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) launched a new working group. Under the name Communities for Wind, the group is aiming to provide support to the industry to enable the best possible social and economic outcomes for communities. The development of good practice when it comes to working with communities, monitoring of the impacts and the support of positive relationships is the focus of the work content for the coming months. Relationships… Read moreCommunities for Wind Working Group launched under SAWEA

EPD students visit Kuyasa CDM Project

The ERC’s EPD course participants (and some eager new ERC staffers) went on a site visit of the Kuyasa project. The Kuyasa CDM Pilot Project involves the retrofitting of solar water heater (SWHs), insulated ceilings and energy efficient lighting in over 2 300 low-cost homes in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. More info on Kuyasa is available on the project’s website:

LCEDN workshop in Brighton

The second meeting of the Low Carbon Energy for Development Network (LCEDN) conference was held in Brighton in the premises of the Sussex University on the 10th and 11th of September 2012. The programme consisted of a mix of presentations and interactive discussion sessions. The final programme is below. The meeting brought together researchers from mostly British organisations and institutions. LCEDN Conference Programme: Transitions to low carbon energy systems: which pathways to energy access for all? Day 1: Monday, 10th September 2012… Read moreLCEDN workshop in Brighton

Impressions from the EVALOC conference

The one conference brought together an interdisciplinary and international bunge of researchers and practitioners. The organisers, the EVALOC research team, did an incredible job in hosting a very interesting event, including presentations, plenum discussion and workshop sessions. The absolutely beautiful venue in the TS Elliot Lecture Theater in Oxford ( made me literally forget the pains from being in a conference setting the third day in a row (after the two day LCEDN meeting in Brighton the days before). The programme… Read moreImpressions from the EVALOC conference

EPD at EVALOC Conference

EVALOC International conference on Energy and communities EVALOC is an exciting, novel and collaborative 3.5-year Research Councils UK (RCUK) funded research project which brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from building science and social science disciplines, based in the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development of Oxford Brookes University, and the Environmental Change Institute of University of Oxford. EVALOC has been awarded funding of £1.14 million (Grant reference: RES-628-25-0012) from RCUK/ESRC as part of the Energy and Communities programme. The EVALOC… Read moreEPD at EVALOC Conference

ERC Seminar on Research on RE IPPPP

We invited to this seminar to share some of the thinking and research the ERC has been and still is doing around the RE IPPPP. Our researchers are engaged with different aspects of this programme and briefly presented their work. Louise Tait introduced the RE IPPPP and will then be speaking about the economic development elements in particular. She is presenting the findings of her masters thesis research. Louise did her masters with the ERC and is now working for the… Read moreERC Seminar on Research on RE IPPPP

EPD published MEMO on Community Development through RE IPPPP

Challenges and opportunities to maximise the sustainable development potential for local communities in South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement Programme Purpose This memo informs about challenges and opportunities related to the economic development elements of the Department of Energy’s current Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP). Context The South African RE IPPPP issued in 2011 aims to increase the share of renewable energy in the national electricity grid and stimulate growth in the renewable energy sector. Applications for… Read moreEPD published MEMO on Community Development through RE IPPPP