Deal With It's Energy Group had it's first meeting this week...
Here is Rosie's report...
We planned to discuss the local options available to us, with a view to discovering which options might be most worth pursuing. Amongst the topics that I hoped to look at were:
- St Margaret’s project
- Deal Pier turbine
- Leisure Centre in Victoria Park
- Churches and landmark Centre
- Anaerobic digesters ,possibly in co-operation with local farmers
- These topics were discussed. We ran out of time and the topics below were not discussed
- Co-operative buying of Solar/pv panels
- Local businesses
- Individual householders
- Energy conservation esp. households in fuel poverty
- Any other suggestions
More people than expected turned up at the Energy Groups preliminary meeting (which was encouraging), and so we did not manage to give even superficial attention to some of the possible projects. While there were serious reservations about the tidal flow at Deal Pier being suitable for economic power generation, people at the meeting were reluctant to entirely give up on the pier! So further research on this , hopefully by contacting someone from Eel Pie Island who has done something similar, and Alistair and his friend looking more closely at their preliminary calculations, may possibly yield something useful. We learned that all but small wind turbines would fall foul of planning because of interference with radar at Manston.
Anaerobic digesters are being researched further, and we will continue to look at churches, Land mark Centre and the Leisure Centre in Victoria Park as possible community projects.
It must be emphasised that we are very much in the foothills, and need to have at least some idea of possible budgets before the next meeting.
Unfortunately the Government’s announcement of more than 50% reduction in the FITS payment that morning was a discouraging factor, but as we do not yet know how this will affect Community projects, we tried not to be too cast down!
At least we have taken our first step, though I have no doubt we are embarking on a long and difficult journey! Some of those present have already come back to me with queries/suggestions/further thoughts…please add your thoughts! All suggestions etc. welcome!
There will be a further meeting as soon as we feel it will be useful to hold one. email@example.com