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- Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) is a not-for-profit cooperative
- WREN helps residents & businesses reduce their energy costs through energy management & generation, and works to produce local economic benefits, including jobs.
- WREN generates income from energy projects for local benefit. WREN activities are projected in time to raise over £150,000 per year to be allocated to local projects or reinvested.
- WREN was founded January 2011
- WREN opened the high street Energy Shop in central Wadebridge in December 2011
- WREN has over 800 members
- Wadebridge launched its own currency in 2012; ‘The Wren’
- Wadebridge has been designated as the pilot site for Smart Cornwall, and is pioneering the development of the “Smart Market Town”.
- WREN has set a target is to generate 30% of Wadebridge‘s electricity from local renewable resources by 2015
- WREN’s core group consists of approx 30 volunteers including a board of 13
- WREN’s principal geographic area of focus are the parishes and wards of Egloshayle, St Breock and Wadebridge, extending out across the Wadebridge and Padstow network area
Background – WREN
WREN was founded in 2011 by a group of volunteers to bring the benefits of the low carbon economy to the area, as well as help residents and businesses reduce their energy costs. As a social enterprise, owned by its members, all benefits above running costs go to community investment and community projects. WREN has an established Community Fund, with project funding decided democratically by the membership.
WREN operates a walk-in Energy Shop on the high street in Wadebridge which was opened by Sir Tim Smit. People can access a range of information on energy management and energy production from insulation, solar energy and biomass to electric cars, grants and local green events.
WREN seeks to inform about and facilitate uptake off local and national initiatives and funding re: energy. For example, WREN is currently able to offer access to free Green Deal Assessments.
WREN is working to show that it is time to take control of our own energy and our own future. It is attracting national attention as it shows that the combination of local cooperation, renewable energy and smart grid technologies can bring economic benefits, as well as broader well-being, to this and any neighbourhood.
- To turn energy from an individual cost into a collective asset
- For all of Wadebridge’s energy to come from the town itself
- To share the benefits of renewable Energy across the whole community, through the WREN Community Fund
- Add to the quality of life and prosperity of the town
- To reduce the amount of energy we, as a community, use
- To reduce poverty, especially fuel poverty, in our area
- Help explore ways to produce energy using sun, wind, waste & tide
- To put Wadebridge at the cutting edge of renewable technology
- To help Wadebridge produce it own inflation proof, cheaper energy
- To evaluate what we do, in order to better understand and replicate things that work
- To help Wadebridge become UK’s first renewable energy powered town
The Wadebridge Energy Futures Exhibition is now live! Read more...
Do you want to cut your energy bills? (Update) A number of people in Wadebridge and surrounds have had impartial help about switching suppliers this week and more advice sessions will be held over the next two weeks, including two additional ones in Bodmin.
Mon 24th Feb The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12 noon
Wed 26th Feb Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Wed 26th Feb Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6pm – 8pm
Sat 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30am – 12.30pm
Mon 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4pm
Tue 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10am – 1pm
Wed 5th March Bodmin Christian Centre, Berrycoombe Rd, PL31 2NX 1pm - 3pm
Even if you are well on top of this issue, do you have family, friends or neighbours in the Wadebridge area who might benefit?
Do you want to cut your energy bills? People in Wadebridge and surrounds will have help to do just that at sessions to be delivered by WREN in February and March.
Monday 17th February St Mabyn Memorial Hall 9.30 am – 12 noon
Tuesday 18th February The Exchange Wadebridge 1 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday 19th February Wadebridge Children's Centre, Goldsworthy Way 1 pm – 4 pm
Monday 24th February The Exchange, Molesworth St, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12 noon
Wednesday 26th February Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 6 pm – 8 pm
Saturday 1st March Betjeman Centre, Southern Way, Wadebridge 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Monday 3rd March Padstow Memorial Hall, Riverside 1 pm – 4 pm
Tuesday 4th March St.Issey Village Hall 10 am – 1 pm