Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP)
What is the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership and who can join?
SPEP has been supporting parish councils to make their parishes more sustainable since 2009.
Membership of the partnership is open to parish councils and community groups in South Cambridgeshire who wish to play a part in helping their communities use energy efficiently and generate energy locally.
What are the benefits of joining SPEP?
Joining SPEP gives access to a network of commitment and experience plus a menu of support including:
– electricity monitors which can help you save electricity, and can be lent out in the village
– support for setting up and running village ‘energy events’ to bring people together (other things like film shows in the evening or stalls at village fetes are also great ideas we can help with)
– loan of a thermal imaging camera, and training, to do home surveys
– a village Living Sustainably booklet with an easy-to-use template and free printing for you to fill with helpful information, photos and local examples of what really works to save energy and save money.
– workshops, on subjects such as Improving the Energy Efficiency of your Community Buildings, Promoting Lift Sharing in your Village and Making the most of Feed in Tariffs
– Visits to sustainable initiatives, eg to the Rampton Drift Retrofit project and to the Gamlingay Ecohub, and further afield to the Hockerton Housing Project and the Beddington Zero Energy Development.
– Updates on new developments, grants, subsidies and other opportunities.
What are the costs of joining SPEP?
Joining SPEP is free of charge, and parish councillors can get involved and organise events and activities as much or as little as they wish. Parish Councils join SPEP simply by recording a minute of the decision to do so, and appointing a contact person to facilitate communications.
Do I have to be a parish councillor to get involved?
No. In many parishes those most closely involved in organising activities and events are not on the parish council. We encourage anyone accessing SPEP support to report regularly on their activities to the parish council.