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WREN News June 2013


Just a quick note to introduce myself and update you on 3 bits of WREN news.

- Green Energy Village

- Intern opportunities this summer

- Community Fund voting

Firstly, Greetings and a big Hello

My name is Paul Holmes and I’m thrilled to have been appointed as WREN’s new Operations Manager. I started on Monday 3rd June having come hot-foot from seven terrific years with the Eden Project. Funding for the post came from Coastal Communities.

For the past four years at Eden I was assigned to the award winning, European programme called Clear About Carbon. It was a 4-way partnership project between Eden, Exeter University Business School, Duchy College and Cornwall Council looking at this thing we call ‘the transition to a Low Carbon Economy’. Not so much involved with renewables but looking at more efficient systems, processes, distribution and procurement to reduce carbon emissions and save money.

I’ve had the very great pleasure and privilege to see a wide variety of innovative projects around mainland Europe that have brought real benefit and advantage to towns and communities. There’s no doubt that we’re beginning the process to wean ourselves off expensive and polluting fossil fuels and the way that we produce, distribute and use energy will look very different in the years to come. On a personal note, I’ve lived in Wadebridge for 17 years, brought my family up here and am thrilled to now be working in the town too.

WREN is at the forefront of this evolution and has positioned itself to make Wadebridge one of the first low carbon towns in the Country. This will bring economic and employment opportunities to our community. It’s an exciting future and just like the introduction of computers, mobile phones and the internet, the low carbon economy will revolutionise the way we live and work.

After my first day and a very warm welcome from the WREN Directors I can see this is going to be an exciting and challenging role. I’m looking forward to getting stuck-in to make a positive difference for Wadebridge. I also look forward to having the opportunity of meeting as many of our WREN members and volunteers as possible over the coming weeks and months. See you soon!

Green Energy Village 2013 – Royal Cornwall Show (6-8th June)

WREN is hosting this pavilion (stand 251), located directly opposite the stage outside the old Cornwall Council site in the centre of the showground. I say ‘old’ as I understand that Cornwall Council are not exhibiting at the show this year.

The Green Energy Village is a great window on the world of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Around 20 commercial firms will be exhibiting their technologies in the large, white marquee.
WREN also has a small, but very warm and friendly stand in the marquee and if you’ve time to pop in and say hello, it would be lovely to see you.

We have a display of community energy activities from around Cornwall, as well as things for all the family to take part in. There is also a programme of lunchtime talks running each day between 12:30 and 1:30pm.

No need to book, just drop-in - all welcome!

Thursday 6th June

12.30 Paul Bright from the Cornwall Sustainable Buildings Trust will be talking about energy efficient building.

1pm Paul Holmes of Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (Me!) I will be talking about my experiences with Clear About Carbon, the low carbon economy and why it’s no longer business as usual.

Friday 7th June

12.30 Rachel Delourme, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and Sustainability Advisor will be sharing 5 top tips to help schools be more sustainable.

1pm Paul Bright from the Cornwall Sustainable Buildings Trust will be talking about energy efficient building.

Saturday 8th June

Communities with Energy – representatives from some of the community groups featured in our display will be telling their story, set in context by Jake Burnyeat of Communities for Renewables.

Intern Programme

Our 2012 Interns had a fabulous time and raved about their experience with WREN. Two of them have since secured full time jobs with local businesses.

We are now looking to recruit 3 more interns to join us over the summer months. We can provide a meaningful and rewarding experience and are looking for a broad range of skills and talents – not just in renewables and sustainability but maybe Business and Management, Digital Media, Journalism, Creative Writing, Graphic Design etc.

We’d love to ensure these opportunities are circulated as widely as possible, so if you know of anyone that might be interested, please ask them to contact me quickly and I’ll forward them details of our requirements as well as the financial assistance we can offer.

Community Fund

The second round of our Community Grant Fund has attracted 23 applications from local groups, which is great news. There were just 6 the first time around!

Voting for the award of funds by WREN members will start in The Energy Shop on 15th June for a month or so. Make sure you come and vote! More details to follow soon.

And finally…

Sorry, that wasn’t such a quick note, but you know WREN – there’s always lots going on! I look forward to meeting you soon, perhaps at the Royal Cornwall Show or please pop into the Energy Shop when you’re next passing.

Kind regards


Paul Holmes

Operations Manager

WREN - Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network

The Energy Shop


Cornwall, PL27 7AA

Paul Holmes
Operations Manager