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Decentralised Energy Systems Part 1: Bath

  • Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 08:45 to Tuesday, 21 January, 2020 - 11:00
  • Pure Planet, The Square, Cramer House, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3BH
  • Bath
  • The Future Economy Network
  • decentralised energy groups, community groups, smes, students, energy users, renewable energy interests, businesses


Decentralised energy is not yet a widely understood term, but could pave the way for a productive, sustainable future. Join us for an exciting business breakfast in Bath!

The Future Economy Network is happy to announce this event will be co-hosted by subscribers Pure Planet. We will be joined by subscribers Pure Planet, Thrive Renewables and Bath & West Community Energy to speak at this event.

This is the first in a two-part series on Decentralised Energy Systems. See the finale event here.

Alice Brazier, Digital Service Adviser, Pure Planet

The smart meter has put the consumer at the center of the energy world, can energy suppliers transform their business models to keep up?

Peter Capener, Co-founder and Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE)
Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) places local people at the heart of their response to the climate crisis. BWCE has launched Community Solar 2020, a campaign to identify and develop community solar PV on as many roofs as possible across the Bath and surrounding area. At no cost to the building owner, BWCE will develop, finance, own and operate the system for the benefit of the community and sell solar electricity to the building owner at a discount to what is being currently provided. Do you know of any large roofs that might be appropriate for community solar? Pete Capener will outline how BWCE, a well established and successful community enterprise, offers a different way of doing business around energy, and how you and/or your business can get involved in increasing the capacity of local renewables.

Monika Paplaczyk, Senior Investment Manager, Thrive Renewables
Thrive Renewables has considerable experience working with businesses who want to generate their own renewable electricity. Monika will talk about Thrive’s wind turbine at Greenvale, a potato processor, which supplies electricity directly to the factory and a planned new development at Chapelton in Scotland.

08:45 - 09:10 - Registration and breakfast
09:10 - 09:20 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network
09:20 - 09:35 – Alice Brazier, Pure Planet
09:35 - 09:50 - Pete Capener, Bath & West Community Energy
09:50 - 10:05 - Monika Paplaczyk, Thrive Renewables
10:05 - 10:30 - Q&A/Panel Discussion
10:30 - 10:35 - 60 Second Pitches
10:35 - 10:40 - Close
10:40 - 11:00 – Networking and finish breakfast

Meet Our Speakers!

Alice Brazier, Digital Service Adviser, Pure Planet

Alice is a Digital Service Adviser at Pure Planet, as well as guest blog writer. She's interested in how we communicate effectively with our members. Before working at Pure Planet, Alice was a self-employed illustrator, drawing daft scenes and 3D maps for a range of clients. Alice has a degree in interior architecture and spent 3 years getting extremely cold while creating technical drawings of the inside of Somerset's Churches. Alice likes any activity that gets her close to the Ocean.

Peter Capener, Co-founder and Managing Director of Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE)

Peter is Co-founder of BWCE, a community enterprise that owns over 12MW of community solar PV and one small hydro scheme. He has nearly 35 years’ experience of working on renewable energy, energy efficiency and fuel poverty programmes, with a strong focus on community energy. Peter is chair of the BEIS Local Energy Contact Group, a director of Community Energy England and a trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Energy. He was awarded an MBE for services to sustainable energy in 2015 and has an MSc in Energy Resource Management.

Monika Paplaczyk, Senior Investment Manager, Thrive Renewables

Thrive Renewables is a renewable energy investment company with a mission to power the transition to a sustainable energy future by helping people meaningfully connect with clean energy projects. Senior Investment Manager, Monika, leads the originating, development, acquisition and construction of sustainable energy assets for Thrive Renewables. Monika also manages the commercial aspects of the portfolio, such as sourcing and negotiating power purchase arrangements.

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