Devon sweeps the board at Green Energy Awards

PUBLISHED: 14:56 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:44 15 June 2010

Devon County Council is once again proving its green credentials by being recognised for the second year in a row in the prestigious South West Green Energy awards ceremony.

Devon County Council is once again proving its green credentials by being recognised for the second year in a row in the prestigious South West Green Energy awards ceremony.Regen South West is the sustainable energy agency for South West England which aims to develop technologies using natural resources such as energy from the wind, waves or tidal power. Every year, it holds a Green Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of individuals, local authorities, community groups and renewable energy companies.Last year, Devon County Council scooped the top accolade in the 'Most Proactive Local Authority' category for developing the RE4D initiative (Renewable Energy for Devon) which promotes energy efficiency and climate change projects. This year, the council has come runner-up in the 'Sustainable Energy Champion' category for the continuing good work undertaken by Melanie Sealey, project manager for RE4DRE4D has also given extensive support to many of the winners and runners up in this years awards including Forest Fuels, Alvesta and Woolsery Community Hall.Overall Devon featured strongly in the seven categories, producing 3 winners and 8 runners up across a range of categories, for example the Okehampton business centre which uses a biomass burner and a wind turbine to create energy and the Bovey Climate Action group which helps householders reduce their carbon emissionsMelanie has been with the Council since August 2006 working on RE4D. The project supports the growth of the renewable energy industry in Devon through support for individuals and organisations wanting to install renewable energy technology as well as training and support for suppliers. RE4D offers free independent advice and support through a team of mentors and will be offering a new capital grants scheme, funded by DCC for small businesses and communities from 2009Melanie said; "I'm really pleased to see the number of nominees and winners from Devon, showing that we are getting it right here in terms of supporting the development of renewable energy to create jobs and reduce carbon emissions. It is great that that Devon County Council's pioneering work in this area has been recognised once again.Councillor Humphrey Temperley, Devon County Council Executive Member for Strategic Planning, Regional and International Affairs, says; "Well done to all in the team for working hard on the RE4D project. It's extremely gratifying to be awarded yet again on our achievements in this area and the work will continue. We have committed £450,000 to the RE4D programme over the next 3 years in the form of capital grants so will be making further progress in promoting renewable energy in Devon

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