Monthly Archives: June 2018

Our Power energy scheme launched in Bath and North East Somerset

Our Power energy scheme launched in Bath and North East Somerset

Two new energy tariffs were launched today offering a choice of green and affordable deals by supplier Our Power supported by Bath and North East Somerset Council and Bath & West Community Energy.

The new scheme, called Our Power In B&NES, offers locally-generated renewable energy to residents through a collaboration with not-for-profit energy supplier Our Power and local community business Bath & West Community Energy.

The ‘Our Local Green Energy’ tariff will provide 100% renewable electricity as part of a dual fuel offer with gas. Electricity will be locally sourced and community owned wherever possible, using green energy from Bath & North East Somerset and the surrounding area. This will enable residents to buy from local community owned solar energy arrays in B&NES for the first time.

The scheme will also include the ‘Our Fairer Energy’ tariff from Our Power, which is currently one of the cheapest tariffs available on the market for dual fuel pre-payment meter customers. Around 11,000 households in B&NES (14%) pay for energy by pre-payment meter.

The council is endorsing this scheme because it contributes to Council objectives of tackling fuel poverty and supporting renewable energy in the district.

Our Power was one of the first not-for-profit energy suppliers in the UK, and was founded by housing associations, community organisations and local authorities with the aim of making energy fairer and greener.

Our Power will be working with Bath & West Community Energy which will support with community marketing and whose local community owned renewable energy generation projects will be among the first to power the scheme.

Dawn Muspratt, CEO of Our Power, said:

We are really excited to be working with Bath &North East Somerset Council, and as an energy supplier with a mission to make household energy more affordable and greener for all energy customers, we have a very close fit with what B&NES Council wants to offer its residents. Our Power’s not-for-profit status also means that profits can be reinvested to benefit our customers and their communities.”

Pete Capener, Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy, said:

“We have always wanted local people to be able to benefit from the renewable energy that Bath & West Community Energy’s projects generate – it’s the reason we set BWCE up. We hope this scheme will increase support for local renewables projects and the community benefit that they create.”

Martin Shields, Corporate Director at Bath & North East Somerset Council, added: “This scheme is great news for the environment, our local economy and for households living with pre-payment meters. It is in line with the Council’s Core Strategy district target to deliver 275MW local renewable energy generation in the district by 2029.”

Residents from Bath and North East Somerset can sign up at https://our-power.co.uk/bathnes  or by calling Our Power on 0808 189 3085.

Adult education budget being decided by WECA

Adult education budget being decided by WECA

Schools across the country might be suffering under budget cuts, but an estimated £17 million is set to be signed over from the Government to the West of England Combined Authority, which makes up Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire, to be used for Adult Education. The West of England Combined Authority… Read More…

Medicinal cannabis could be available on perscription in two weeks

Medicinal cannabis could be available on perscription in two weeks

An expert panel announced by the Government following outcry from the case of severely epileptic boy Billy Caldwell began accepting applications for licences for the drug from senior clinicians on Wednesday, meaning that medicinal cannabis could be available on perscription in as little as two weeks. If given approval, doctors can then start writing prescriptions… Read More…

Tips to help your children sleep in the heat

Tips to help your children sleep in the heat

Hot weather and sleep don’t really mix and if its bad for us, think about how it feels for the little ones? Here are a few tips to help your children sleep during our current heatwave. Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to stop direct sunlight from entering the room and overheating. If… Read More…

Preschool gets Good rating

Preschool gets Good rating

Hanham Toddlers Pre School, which meets at Hanham Methodist Church in Chapel Road has been given an overall Good rating from Ofsted with some outstanding features. The inspector said the effectiveness of leadership and management, along with the quality of the teaching, learning and assessment and the outcomes for the children were all Good. The… Read More…

Digitech Studio School becomes first in Bristol to get rid of school uniforms permanently

Digitech Studio School becomes first in Bristol to get rid of school uniforms permanently

A secondary school in Bristol has got rid of its school uniforms and will allow its pupils to attend classes in their own choice of clothing. Students at Digitech Studio School, in Warmley, Bristol,  will no longer have to wear their traditional uniforms and will be allowed to dress casually from now onwards. Digitech is a school for… Read More…

Standard of education is improving

Standard of education is improving

The standard of education at Hanham Woods Academy is improving say Ofsted inspectors. The school was inspected last month and the report said the academy was taking effective action in its efforts to come out of special measures. Last autumn, the school was rated as Inadequate in all key areas with Ofsted critical of leadership… Read More…

Campaign success for railway path to school ramp

Campaign success for railway path to school ramp

Pupils at Redfield Edge Primary School, in Bristol, are celebrating after their campaign to get a ramp installed from the Bristol and Bath Railway Path to their school has been successful. Kingswood MP, Chris Skidmore and local Councillors, Sam Bromiley and Paul Hughes went along to share the good news with the Year 5 pupils… Read More…

Celebrations as city libraries saved

Celebrations as city libraries saved

Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, has announced plans to keep all of Bristol’s libraries open – for now. Seventeen of the city’s 27 libraries were threatened with closure after the city council announced it needed to close a £100m+ budget gap. However, after campaigners stepped in to show their support for keeping the libraries open, it… Read More…

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