A Question of Energy
The new year has brought unexpected challenges to members of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group. They have found that the extremely cold weather of recent weeks has made explaining the dangers of global warming a tougher proposition. It is difficult to convince people that the planet is warming as they slip and slide on icy roads or as they dig their cars out of three foot snow drifts. However members point out that this is when we need to emphasise the difference between weather and climate – weather is what we get every day and climate is the average of these conditions over a period of at least thirty years. In terms of climate we are still, sadly, getting warmer. It is also interesting to note that whilst we have been shivering this winter, Alaska and Northern Canada have been approximately 5C to 10C warmer than average (up from -40C to -30C). The Mediterranean and North Africa have also been significantly warmer.
Nothing daunted PSEEG members are now looking forward to their Question Time Event on Friday 29th January at 7.30 at the Regency Hall Saundersfoot. The panel of the four parliamentary candidates for the Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire South Constituency - Nick Ainger MP (Labour), John Dixon (Plaid), John Gossage (Liberal Democrat) and Simon Hart (Conservative) - will answer questions put to them by the audience on energy supply and conservation, global warming and climate change. With the imminence of the General Election it be fascinating to hear how the policies of the major parties measure up to the challenges ahead. Entry to the Event is free but by ticket only. Members of the public seeking tickets should ring 01834 813839. Interest in the event has been expressed in many areas of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, so get your tickets soon, while stocks last.
Meanwhile work on the energy survey of South East Pembrokeshire continues apace. It is anticipated that the consultants Dulas will have identified a number of possible sites for some form of renewable energy project by the end of the month. The greater the amount of energy we can generate ourselves, the smaller the chance of the lights going out in 2016.
The first monthly meeting of the Group of the new year will be on Thursday 21st January at 7pm at the Regency Hall, Saundersfoot. The speaker will be Grenville Ham who is currently organising the Green Valleys project in the Brecon Beacons. This community interest company aims to encourage the development of hydro electric power on the fast flowing streams of the Brecon Beacons. Currently nearly one hundred locations have been earmarked as possible sites for such schemes. This inspirational project has caught the eye of the organisers of the Big Green Challenge Competition where it is one of the finalists - the only one from Wales. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|