The Meadows Community owned Energy Company (MOZES)

 

 

 

 

The History

In 2003 a partnership including The Meadows Partnership Trust, Nottingham Energy Partnership, Nottingham City Council, Marsh Grochowski Architects, Arup and a number of others worked with the local community on a Living Landmarks National Lottery bid, to help the Meadows become Nottingham’s 1st low carbon neighbourhood.

NEP were appointed at the lead sustainable energy consultants and asked to identify ways of using energy saving and sustainable energy to address the long standing social and economic problems associated with the Meadows.

NEP constructed a full energy and carbon profile of the Meadows and In consultation with the local community NEP devised a range of programmes to enable Meadows residents to take ownership of their local energy resources, reduce energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

These programmes included:

• A design for an Interest free loans programme with the credit union, for energy and carbon saving measures

• A local energy coordinator to deliver the Nottingham Warm Zone in the Meadows

• A detailed area wide carbon and energy survey to identify the range of domestic retrofit measures available

• A detailed area wide renewable energy opportunities study. This identified a large wind site, district heating and solar opportunities.

• Establishing community ownership for renewable energy.

While the Living Landmarks bid was unsuccessful, NEP submitted the interest free loans programme to the NESTA Big Green Challenge competition to win £1million for the community. The project made it to the last 10 in the UK and received £20k funding to prove the community could cut is carbon footprint over 1 year. NEP matched this funding with a further £20K and recruited a project worker to act as a local energy coordinator. (see project brief)

While the loss of the living landmarks bid could have spelt the end of the programme, over the course of the year the Big Green Challenge project kept the community energy group together. The Meadows Partnership Trust worked with the Credit Union to develop a rolling loans fund. This work led to the idea of a community Energy Services Company (ESCO) to be developed as a social enterprise.

A Steering Group to develop this proposal was established, with representation from The Meadows Partnership Trust, National Energy Action, Nottingham City Council; Nottingham Energy Partnership, Residents Associations, the Voluntary Sector, Alan Simpson MP and the Local Councillor.

During 2007 funding was provided by DEFRA and NEA for NEP to commissioned Brodies LLP on behalf of the steering group. Brodies were recommended by NEA as a law firm with considerable expertise in advising ESCO development. They undertook a study which sought to establish the overall feasibility of a community ESCO for the Meadows. As a result of this, MOZES formed.

MOZES became an incorporated company in October 2009. Following the AGM held on 18th July 2011. NEP sits on the MOZES board.

Objectives of MOZES 

The objectives of MOZES are to carry on the business of design, construction, operation, supply and procurement of sustainable energy, waste and other utility services and facilities; the provision of training and skills development; the provision of volunteering and employment opportunites; and the provision of advice, grants and loans in relation to any of the foregoing and shall include the following:

• Reducing the carbon footprint of the Meadows

• Enabling the Meadows to become a place of experimentation and innovation in the development and deployment of sustainable energy related technologies

• Enabling the Meadows to become self-sufficient in its energy use, and then to become an energy generating community

• Enabling the Residents of the Meadows, and then other areas, to access affordable energy

• Contributing to the Community and Economic Development of the Meadows

Since incorporation MOZES has successfully been awarded several large grants to develop the community energy company (read project update here) The community energy company now owns and operates 50 PV installations in the Meadows earing an annula income form Feed in Tariffs for the benefit of meadows residents.

NEP have been leading on the development of the 330kW community wind turbine. If you would like to become a member of MOZES, or would like further information, please contact:

Meadows Ozone Energy Services Limited, One Stop Shop 5-7 Bridgeway Centre, The Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2JD

Telephone: 0115 9150082       Email: chris.brummitt@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Useful Links 

National Energy Action

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

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