Saving & Generating Energy the Co-Operative Way

Co-Operative Alternatives are hosting a series of webinars ‘The Transformational Power of Co-Operatives’. The second in the series focused on energy. The presentations to date and information on the further webinars left in the series can be found at this link...

Future of Renewables in Northern Ireland

As part of the process in developing a new NI Energy Strategy the Department for the Economy contracted Cornwall Insight, in partnership with Ionic Consulting, to conduct research on renewable electricity and possible future policy in Northern Ireland. The outcome of this research was originally published in July 2020 but some changes have since been made with regard to the Community Energy section. To view or download a revised version of the report click this link. Note: Section 8 specifically relates to Community Energy. If you wish to follow the progress being made towards a NI Energy Strategy you can you can email energystrategy@economy-ni.gov.uk or go to the Northern Ireland Energy Strategy 2050...

NICE VIRTUAL AGM 2020

NICE held its 2020 AGM this via a Zoom webinar starting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday 28th October. Whilst we would have much preferred to meet members in person the webinar allowed an opportunity for NICE members much further afield to join and participate which was very welcome. Thanks to all members who were unable to join the meeting but who took time to vote online. Links to the presentation and reports are listed below:- Chair’s Statement AGM20 Presentation Draft Year End Accounts...
NICE AGM 2019

NICE AGM 2019

Re: NICE Annual General Meeting 9th October 2019 You are cordially invited to NICE Annual General Meeting 2019. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, the 9th October 2019 in the Agape Centre, 238 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 6GF, commencing 6.30 pm. This year we will be holding a joint AGM together with Drumlin Wind Energy Co-Operative. Some members of NICE are also shareholders in Drumlin and it is also a great networking opportunity to meet up with like minded people. We are delighted to have engaged two guest speakers for the evening from Northern Ireland Environmental Link (NIEL) and N.I. Forest Schools. We look forward to receiving an update from Craig McGuicken, CEO NIEL on our local evironmental agenda and Forest Schools will give a short presentation on the initiative they have been running in collaboration with Drumlin. AGM registrations and refreshments commence @  6.30 pm the meeting will start at 7:00 pm SHARP beginning with the information session followed by Drumlin and then NICE business sessions. We would be grateful if you could please advise of your attendance in order to facilitate catering & other arrangements by sending us an email to shares@nicommunityenergy.org. At the AGM NICE membership is invited to discuss its achievements, the end of year accounts, the election of the Board and vote for the proposed resolutions. The draft Financial Statements to the 31st March 2019, the proposed resolutions and the annual report will be available in due course. Board election – According to NICE rules (Rule 64), each year one third of the elected Directors is required to retire and, if they decide...

A SUNNY & BRIGHT NICE 2018 AGM REPORT!

  PERFORMANCE ABOVE MODELLED FORECAST; ENERGY SAVINGS & CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION FOR ALL MEMBER ORGANISATIONS; 4% INTEREST RETURN FOR MEMBERS; AND NICE1&2 MEMBER SHARE BUY BACK SCHEMES 2018 . NICE held their 2018 AGM on 11th October in the McSweeny Building, Ashton, Belfast. Thanks to all members who were able to attend and to those that availed of the online voting facility. The evening kicked off with an intro by NICE member organisation and AGM host, Ashton’s Facilities Manager, Richard Healey.  Richard explained the McSweeny building had opened for business in May 2018 after a significant build and refurbish programme.  Richard outlined Ashton’s other facilities and various services.  He welcomed interest from any organisation or community group wishing to avail of their facilities or services and provided contact information to do so. The main business of the AGM then proceeded. Chair, Andy Frew gave a succinct & positive report on the past year at NICE and he made reference to the political instability and subsequent absence of future energy policy or strategy.  He highlighted developments in technologies, storage, software, apps etc are ever growing at a rapid pace and NICE was not standing still as the Board continued to explore renewable energy technologies and efficiencies advances that may enhance benefits for members or might open a new initiative/project. NICE1 and NICE2, Project Managers, respectively, Cye Bannon and Karen Arbuckle, presented summarised generation information for all NICE pv array stations – performance exceeding the forecasted models.   NICE PV array hosts saved on their energy costs whilst also reducing their carbon footprint and all the 2018 resolutions were carried by the members at the...