About us

Bedminster Energy Group (BEG) is a sub-group of Sustainable BS3.

For many years, Sustainable BS3 Projects has worked on local community and environmental schemes, from rescuing and caring for unused patches of land to supporting the annual Best of Bedminster show. As a sub group, BEG, started up about 4 years ago to encourage efficient energy use and green energy generation in the area.

We’re promoting things that local people can do in their homes to reduce their bills and keep the heat in during the winter (particularly through improved insulation and low cost home improvements) with a series of events and local activities. We also promote renewable energy schemes.

In 2012 we were awarded government funding under DECC’s Local Energy Assessment Fund (LEAF) which was a huge boost for our energy efficiency projects in the GBCP area and meant we were able to pay for some large pieces of work we couldn’t have carried out as volunteers. There’s more about what we did on the ‘news and events’ page or click here). And in 2013 we were awarded more funding to run more activities in BS3, linked to a Green Deal pilot, Bristol Home Energy Upgrade, which was offering grants for insulation and new boilers. This pdf is a summary of what we did: A Take Up Project

So we have been pretty lucky with funding so far, but almost all of what we do is on a voluntary basis. There are things like energy surveys, training, community events and energy-saving giveaways which we want to keep doing to help make homes in Bedminster and Southville greener and warmer.

Because we think it’s a great idea, we’ve been supporting Bristol Energy Co-op with their solar photovoltaic (PV) installations, including panels on community buildings across Bristol and more recently very ambitious solar farm projects, set up as a community-owned social enterprise funded primarily through several successful share offers. We’re part of Bristol Energy Network, bringing together community groups from around Bristol to pool resources and share ideas. And we have worked a little bit with the Centre for Sustainable Energy, a national charity (based in Bristol) offering free and impartial energy advice.

One member of our group, Vincent, also runs an independent business that’s not part of Bedminster Energy Group but which offers certified home energy surveys with an official Recommendation Report that can help you make savings on your bills.

Upcoming Events – BEG Calendar

11/7/17 Dr Neil Williams and Katie Aartse-Tuyne: ‘Sustainable Transport and Behaviour Change’
18/7/17 Ed Romaine: ‘Energy Projects and the Planning System’
For further info visit our Talks page, our Facebook page, or search on Eventbrite
From mid July we will be taking a break from the talks, during the Summer holidays. Please ensure to check back onto our page in early September to keep up to date with the next planned talks