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Pioneers in Renewable Energy

The British Renewable Energy Association brought together the best and brightest in the industry at an awards ceremony on 14 June 2018 to recognise leaders in their field.

The British Renewable Energy Association brought together the best and brightest in the industry at an awards ceremony on 14 June 2018 to recognise leaders in their field.

Judges at the Renewable Energy Awards selected Cambridgeshire County Council as winners in the Pioneer category, against competitors Foot Anstey LLP and CAMBI. 

The prestigious event, held at the Savoy Hotel in London, recognised outstanding achievements in several areas of renewable energy and clean technology. The Pioneer category was developed for an organisation in a sector not previously associated with renewables that has now become involved and created a pathway that others can follow.

Familiar names short-listed for other categories include UKPN, Pixie Energy, Robin Hood, OVO Energy and National Grid.

The Council was nominated for the award for a number of reasons including its work on smart energy grids which is bringing forward innovations in new business models to overcome significant market barriers. This involves the upskilling of staff and councillors to understand what a future energy system will look like, plus the development of a pipeline of projects and investments in renewable energy showing strong political leadership.

The largest project to date, is a 12MW solar farm operating in Soham, which is a recipient of Contracts for Difference support, which will be followed by three smart energy grids at park and ride sites which are in the development pipeline. Equally important are the projects supporting schools to reduce their energy consumption and generate energy and work on their own buildings. 

Lead Judge Prof Catherine Mitchell, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Exeter said, “Judges were very impressed with the Cambridgeshire County Council entry.

“It was felt that their submission was the definition of a ‘Pioneer’ which clearly demonstrated how their expert knowledge is being shared with other local authority areas for wider societal benefit.”

Cllr Josh Schumann, Chairman of the Commercial and Investment Committee said, “We are really pleased to see our energy work being recognised as pioneering.

“The Council has invested in growing its skills and knowledge in this area, recognising that our future energy system is critical to growth and the success of our economy.”

To find out more about the work the Council's Energy Investment Team get up to please visit www.mlei.co.uk.

A full list of all the categories and winners can be found on the Renewable Energy Association website

Congratulations to all other award winners!

Centre: Sheryl French, Project Director for the Council's Energy Investment Unit, accepting the award


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