Community-owned renewable energy schemes provide resilience and income
We have to end our reliance on fossil fuels, fast. Our government's commitment to pursuing a fracking industry, in the face of strong, committed and growing public resistance, is just one sign of how out of touch it is with that reality.
Natalie's been working with anti-fracking protesters since the initial Balcombe protests. At Barton Moss, at Upton, and with local groups around Sheffield, which sees fracking threatened to the south and east.
But she's also focused on the alternatives, renewable energy, particularly community-owned renewables that can not only ensure resilient, decentralised supplies but also ensure that money is maintained in local communities. And on ensuring that everyone has a warm, comfortable, affordable-to-heat home.
Energy conservation is the Cinderella of energy policy. That can't continue. The greenest, cleanest, best possible energy we can have is the energy we don't need to use.
Here in Sheffield we've got the brilliant, volunteer-based Sheffield Renewables. But we need to move much faster to encourage domestic, community and larger-scale schemes.
These also have enormous potential for our engineering and manufacturing sectors. The proposed tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay is just one example.