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Date Posted: 08/20/07 23:16
Author Host/IP: 124-170-233-10.dyn.iinet.net.au/
In reply to: GlobalIdeasBank 's message, "The Neighbourhood Company owned by the residents" on 02/ 5/07 2:32

I like what you are saying. The community needs a say, especially in energy generation.

We have started an energy coop in Sydney to help Sydney siders get on board with saving energy and generating energy locally. We would love to hear from others interested in energy efficiency, solar power or community energy.

Contacts at:

>A sustainable neighbourhood would be a community that
>meets as much of its power, water, food and other
>requirements as possible and in which people can
>cooperate to provide mutual services and support.
>My proposal is for a Neighbourhood Company owned by
>the residents - along Scandinavian lines - which would
>own and maintain the necessary capital equipment and
>would also run a transport scheme, day nursery and
>credit union, partly using a LETS scheme.
>A Sustainable Neighbourhood could provide a reasonable
>standard of living, irrespective of the external
>economic environment. Residents would have control
>over the means to meet many of their essential needs.
>The scheme would be designed to high standards of
>insulation, with low energy equipment such as low
>energy lighting, solar water heating and the option of
>combined heat and power. Grants from the Energy Saving
>Trust and the Combined Heat and Power Association
>would cover the extra cost of a combined heat and
>power plant and the consultancy work involved in its
>Resident involvement in the regeneration process and
>in the management of the finished housing has been
>recognised as vital.
>Summarised from a long proposal sent to the GIB by
>Stephen Bendle, 6 Walmesley Terrace, Snow Hill, Bath,
>BA1 6DW.

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