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Climate Change, The Anthropocene and Language

What is our relationship to animals, language and writing in a time of mass extinction? Are animals talking to us? How is writing adapting to dramatic environmental change? You are invited by Transition Town Hastings and Energise Sussex Coast to an evening of readings and conversation with writers, Nicholas Royle and Alex Lockwood, plus optional vegan dinner.

Posted 09:59 Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 In: Energy Wise Tags: A Pig In Thin Air Sarah Macbeth Transition Town Hastings

SHINE: Energy initiative launches

Fuel poverty, a major issue in Hastings and St Leonards-on-Sea, means paying fuel bills results in a state of poverty. Reducing fuel poverty, lowering fuel bills, helping people to keep warm and spreading the word about energy efficiency methods are all within the remit of SHINE (Sustainable Houses In Inclusive Neighbourhoods), which launched on 26 October at Christ Church Hall in St Leonards. Zelly Restorick writes.

Posted 18:00 Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 In: Energy Wise Tags: Citizens Advice 1066 Energise Sussex Coast Hastings Borough Council Optivo Osbourne Energy Richard Watson SHINE Tracy Dighton

The future of energy storage

If Britain is to reach its energy targets for 2020 and meet the energy challenges that lie ahead of us, flexibility is essential, along with innovative technology and efficient energy systems, according to Jonathan Radcliffe of the Birmingham Energy Institute. Increased battery storage will play a vital role in this strategy.  Zelly Restorick asks Dudley Moor-Radford, managing director of Moixa, some questions about its battery storage innovations.

Posted 09:17 Friday, Oct 20, 2017 In: Energy Wise Tags: Dudley Moor-Radford Moixa storage battery

A Sustainable Transport Forum for Hastings

A number of local community groups working on issues relating to transport and the environment have been looking at ways of sharing information, working collaboratively and developing a focal point for consultation and engagement on matters related to sustainable transport. Tony Polain from the Forum writes.

Managed decline of oil industry

At a full Council meeting at County Hall in Lewes, campaigners handed-in over 2,800 signatures calling for East Sussex County Council to divest local people’s pensions from fossil fuels (oil, coal and gas). Cllr Richard Stogdon, Chair of the East Sussex Pension Committee stated:  ‘[I]t is in the best interest of the [East Sussex Pension] Fund to get the entire oil industry to put itself on a pathway of “managed decline”.’  

Posted 13:48 Wednesday, Oct 18, 2017 In: Energy Wise Tags: Cllr Richard Stogden Divest East Sussex East Sussex Pension Committee ESCC Divest Fossil Free Hastings Fossil fuel divestment Gabriel Carlyle Rosalyn St Pierre The East Sussex Pension Fund

Fish House progress report

Ken Davis, local resident, insulation specialist and architect, bought The Fish House – an ex fish-shop – in Hastings specifically to demonstrate how a wreck of a building could be transformed into a beautiful eco-refurb home. From time to time, he has given us updates about this work is progressing. 

Posted 19:08 Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 In: Energy Wise Tags: eco building eco refurbishment insulation Ken Davis The Fish House

Seeking local energy champions

As part of the 1066 Local Energy campaign – to develop a clean renewable energy system in Hastings and St Leonards where energy is generated locally and the financial profits remain in the town – Energy Champions are being sought in St Leonards on Sea and Ore. HOT’s Zelly Restorick writes.

Posted 09:32 Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017 In: Energy Wise Tags: 1066 Local Energy Energy Champions Kate Meakin SHINE Zelly Restorick
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