Energy4All (E4A) is a unique not-for-profit social enterprise that specialises in community ownership of renewable energy schemes in the UK. The company was founded in 2002 and is motivated by a wish to engage ordinary people in the big issues of climate change and energy usage through direct ownership of energy production. The chosen business model is the co-operative as it combines high ethical standards, democratic structures and professional business practice. E4A offers comprehensive advice, including financial and technical expertise in the selection and development of medium scale renewable energy projects. The E4A model empowers individuals and organisations, to generate renewable energy through a business which delivers on financial, environmental and social goals. E4A specialises in organising public share offers for its co-ops (under FSA regulation) and has created a series of innovative business models to fit local circumstances from the Midlands to the Isle of Skye. As a not-for-profit company and receiving no grant support from public sources, E4A draws its income from the share offers and by delivering professional management services to its member co-operatives throughout their lives with any surplus ploughed back into long term development. The E4A 'family' now comprises 8 co-operatives with over 7,500 members and a total of equity raised of over £16m.
More information: www.energy4all.co.uk
Annette is the Finance and Administration Director of Energy4All, which she joined in 2006. Annette joined The Wind Co. UK Ltd in 1998 and has been a director of Baywind since 1999. She acts as Company Secretary and is responsible for the professional administration and management of all the Energy4All Co-ops. As Finance Director of Energy4All she leads on financial control, modelling, costing, projections, banking and treasury.
"I would like to see more ordinary individuals participate in the generation of local renewable energy allowing ownership through co-operatives. To do this we need to improve the planning system to allow more emphasis on community projects."
Mike is a Non Executive Director of Energy4All. Mike is a solicitor specialising in corporate and commercial law and was a partner at Lawrence Graham in London for more than 20 years. Passionately concerned about the environment, Mike chaired the board of Friends of the Earth Trust until February 2012. Mike is also a co-founder of Keepsafe Limited, which grew to become a substantial self-storage warehousing business, and of Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative, one of the largest solar energy co-operatives formed to date. Mike is also a director of Energy Prospects.