Over the past three years the Coalition for Community Energy has been hosted by the Alternative Technology Association. C4CE has grown to now more than 90 member organisations and has held two extremely successful Community Energy Congresses.
Going forward we see a really important role for C4CE to act as a connector for the community energy sector and to have the ability undertake sector wide projects.
We are excited to announce that’s why Embark and C4CE are coming together. We are in the final steps of merging the two organisations, the Embark wiki, C4CE website, our mailing lists and more. Whilst Embark has been quiet for the past 18 months, it has been undertaking this transition to to help drive community energy going forward.
Embark was founded to catalyse the fledgling community energy sector and guide it on its way. At the launch in 2010, alongside the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hepburn Community Wind Farm, there were only a handful of communities embarking on the journey to owning their own clean energy generation.
In early 2017, the Embark Board decided that true to their vision, community energy was now mainstream in Australia. Having achieved the above, it was time for Embark to move forward to the next chapter. We would like to thank Embark founders and staff, particularly Simon Holmes á Court, Mary Dougherty, Andy Cavanagh-Downs, Taryn Lane and Nick Lilley for all their hard work and commitment to our sector.
Going forward we will continue sharing more exciting stories of community energy success and look forward to communicating with you more about the new exciting chapter of the Coalition for Community Energy. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nicky Ison & Tom Nockolds
Outgoing Secretariat of the Coalition for Community Energy
PS Legally going forward the Coalition for Community Energy will be a project of Embark Australia Ltd and Embark Australia Ltd will be operating under the trading name the Coalition for Community Energy.