ALIenergy is a regional energy agency that promotes better use of energy and local energy resources throughout Argyll, Lomond and the Isles. This area of Scotland has abundant natural energy resources particularly water, wind, marine and biomass (forestry). Our goal is to improve public knowledge of, and engagement in, renewable energy and energy efficiency issues and to combat fuel poverty, so that more people take action in their lives to increase energy saving and support local renewable energy initiatives in order to create a more sustainable future. ALIenergy manages and delivers projects and provides services to the public and private sector and community groups, working closely with the Local Authority and Scottish Government to help implement policies and plans. We provide information, advice and support on energy efficiency and renewable energy to households, community groups and small businesses, and provide outreach educational workshops and energy related training courses. We also offer consultancy and deliver contracts for a number of agencies and NGOs (non-governmental organisations).
More information: www.alienergy.org.uk
Brief biography: BA (hons) in Natural Sciences / Earth Sciences from Cambridge University (1991); PhD in Biogeochemistry / Climate Change from Glasgow University (1994); 4 years post-doctoral research in global carbon cycling (Scottish Association for Marine Science, 1995-1999); 10 years managing the finances of a research laboratory in marine biotechnology (1999-2008); 3 years advising in carbon reduction and renewable energy projects at ALIenergy (2009-present).
'The opportunity to help communities to benefit directly from renewable energy developments, through ownership and involvement.'
Brief Biography: BSc (Hons) in Environmental Biology from the University of Liverpool (1984); PhD in soils and successional change in moorland and woodland habitats from Aberdeen University (1990). Worked in the environmental sector in Scotland for 24 years, for a range of research and educational institutes; local and national Government; public sector bodies and charities – in research, education, advice, policy development, strategic planning and partnerships - as well as various management roles. Manager of ALIenergy for 5 years.
'REScoop helps to deliver ALIenergy’s strategic objectives, in promoting sustainable use of Argyll’s energy resources and promoting awareness and community involvement in sustainable energy issues. Community RES co-operatives can bring significant benefits to communities in rural areas, in supporting the local economy, helping to develop the local skills base and enabling communities to control their own futures.'