After quick introductions the group started to think about what its aims were and how it might link up with other local energy initiatives.
There was a general feeling that having a forum for discussion that is not decision oriented would be appealing. However, if and when research is identified that could be of value to other community groups, such as Bristol Green Capital Energy Action Group, the Reading Group will pass on and share these ideas. Suggestions were made to gather together readings that could be linked Bristol Energy Network’s Community Energy Strategy.
Two readings on households and energy consumption were chosen for the May session.
The first explored the daily timings of energy consumption, societal synchronization of energy activities, and how these link together to create peak demand.
- Could people shift their energy consuming activities’ to lower peak demand?
- Would technologies like smart meters and timing switches resolve the issue, or would major social changes in our daily routines be needed?
The second reading focused on how to make energy ‘discussable’.
- What is it about the topic of energy that puts off people from talking about it?
- What conditions encourage people to engage and do you need to have an ‘honest broker’ to act as a catalyst?
The next Reading Group session will take place on the 10th June at Café Kino from 7.30pm. It’s a relaxed setting and the conversations were open and informal.
The theme for June is Zero Carbon Bristol, with the following readings:
Bristol Community Strategy for Energy:
Transition Pathways working paper (it's a bit long, but most of it is graphs... it's OK to only read part of it):
If you are interested in coming along please RSVP on eventbrite