Severn Wye Energy Agency (SWEA, Wales)
Severn Wye Energy Agency is an independent, national charity and not-for-profit company which aims to promote sustainable energy and affordable warmth through partnership, awareness-raising, innovation and strategic action.
The charity’s aim is to help everyone within the communities it serves to enjoy the benefits that energy can bring, without reducing the ability of future generations to do the same.
Originally established in 1999 under the European Commission SAVE programme, Severn Wye works with a wide range of clients and funders – from private businesses and government bodies, through to local community groups, charity organisations and schools.
It runs a portfolio of projects covering energy efficiency, renewable energy, affordable warmth and sustainable transport mainly focusing on areas like Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Wales – although it works across the UK on other projects. The charity also manages a free, local and impartial energy advice line for householders.
Severn Wye’s charitable aims are:
The advancement of education for the public benefit in relation to energy conservation, energy efficiency and the use of renewable sources of energy.
The relief of fuel poverty and the preservation and protection of health by promoting the efficient use of energy and use of renewable sources of energy.
Last year’s Roger Léron Award winner, Andy Bull declared that “those motivated to take action in this field don’t do it because we might get an award one day, but because it is the right thing to do for the future of our children”
BiogasAction aimed at promoting the production of sustainable biogas throughout the EU, especially by exchanging best practice, creating new business models, and increasing investments in biogas production. The project partners share their vision of Biogas for 2030 and explain how to achieve it! Watch the video below.
The BiogasAction final conference highlighted the essential role of regional cooperation on the development of biogas in Europe.
The “Guide on good practice in energy efficiency for Central and South Eastern Europe (CESEC)” that gathers more than 60 good practices meant to support a clean energy transition in that region has been published.
Working across the English counties of Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, 2020 is an energy efficiency programme aiming to help SMEs reduce their carbon output, improve their sustainability and fund the installation of more energy efficient equipment.
SWEA visited Bwlchwernen Fawr farm to give some advice on the feasibility of utilising one, or both, of the slurry stores to extract biogas for use in a boiler to provide heat for the creamery and milking parlour.
Ynni Anafon has installed a 240kW hydro system on the Anafon river. This has been a tremendous success but unable to facilitate one of the highest wishes of the Abergwyngregyn village – cheaper electricity. Ynni Anafon sought advice from experts and is considering biogas.
This initiative was targeted at the process of persuasion that there was a useful role for AD bringing together representatives of the various UK governmental departments with other stakeholders– including regulators, academics, AD trade bodies, farming bodies and plant designers and manufacturers.
This publication gives an overview of the activities developed during the BiogasAction project. It shows positive examples and recommendations to steer the promotion of biogas in the EU, focusing on regional pre-conditions and approaches.
BiogasAction Project: Promotion of Sustainable Biogas Production in the EU
This is aimed at those considering development of an AD plant, covering the main aspects needing consideration, specific to each EU country involved in the project.