Who are we?
The core Community Energy Manager team are:
Matt has worked in community energy since 2010, initially for The Converging World supporting community energy groups and then Easton Energy Group based in Bristol, where he is one of four directors. He is currently the energy innovation manager for sustainability charity Bioregional based in London. He has a degree in chemistry and a PhD in physics.
Mark was one of the founding directors of Bristol Energy Cooperative, and works at environmental consultancy Eunomia. His interest in supporting communities with online tools began through working on participatory budgeting and other democratic processes with izwe, now OSCA. He has a masters’ degree in Leadership for Sustainable Development, and a degree in Mathematics.
Community Energy Manager (CEM) is an initiative being incubated by sustainability charity Bioregional. It was the winner of the Nesta Open Data Challenge (Energy & Environment) in 2014, receiving seed funding and professional support. The intention is for CEM to become an independent social enterprise once it is able to generate enough ongoing income.
How it works
- Community groups can register for free on the Community Energy Manager website and define the area they work in, e.g. a local council ward. They also register administrators and other users.
- Groups can browse through the local area and open data will highlight particular areas which may have particular needs, e.g. an area with a higher than average heat demand.
- When the group does household audits, online surveys or meets people at events these interactions can be recorded on CEM. Groups can choose from and load projects, which structures the process of gathering information, and allows them to define their own questions and surveys to gauge interest in particular projects (e.g. solar PV bulk purchase) they want to pursue.
- Once the group has a large enough database of local residents they can search for particular characteristics, e.g. households in an ECO area which need a new boiler.
- CEM staff will broker agreements with ECO/Green Deal providers and retailers to present offers to the residents. The uptake rate will be recorded for future reference. The community group will receive a referral fee for this “hot lead” and CEM will take a percentage of that fee.