Jeremy Thorpe

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email: jeremy[at]sharenergy.coop

Profile
Relevant areas of expertise
Jeremy was recently elected to the Mid Wales Area Committee of the Co-operative Group. The committee oversees the performance of the Co-operative stores in the Mid Wales Area, and also organises and implements an action plan for engaging with members to promote the values and principles of the co-operative.
He has also worked through the local Credit Union and the local CAB to help them to deliver projects relating to fuel poverty. For the Credit Union, he offered home visits and advice to members on how they could reduce their spending on gas and electricity. This was part of the “Monergy” service that the Montgomery credit union (ROMCUL) ran with funding from the Welsh Government. He also provided a similar service for some clients of the CAB.

He is a founding director of Robert Owen Renewables Co-operative Ltd (ROR), a new co-operative set up to build community led and owned renewable energy installations. The main project being led by ROR is the development of a 100kW hydro scheme on the river Severn near Newtown, which is in the final stages of preparation for planning permission. Jeremy commissioned the feasibility work that identified this opportunity and has championed it ever since, being responsible for most of the development work and related funding. This was set up as an IPS co-operative in 2011. ROR is also actively looking for other potential renewable energy projects to develop as community led schemes.
Jeremy has spent the last 5 years in a variety of roles promoting energy efficiency and carbon reduction. He has worked as a Domestic Energy Assessor, and following this, as an energy advisor with Marches Energy Agency (MEA) offering advice on energy efficiency and micro renewable to small businesses and third sector organisations, which mainly included solar PV and biomass technologies. Also through MEA he developed an online carbon footprinting and tracking website, aimed at helping households and businesses to track their carbon reduction progress.

He also worked, both in a paid role and a voluntary role for the Lightfoot Energy Service CIC, a volunteer based organisation focusing on domestic energy efficiency. This work has involved training volunteers, carrying out home audit visits and writing energy reports.
Jeremy joined Sharenergy Co-op in November 2012 and has been working primarily on co-operative hydro projects since, due to the demand for projects of this type but also works across all other technologies.

Organisations
Jeremy is a member of the Mid Wales Area Committee of the Co-operative Group, a director of Robert Owen Renewables Co-operative Ltd and a councillor on Newtown Town Council and chairman of the regeneration committee.

Past experience:
Clean Energy Centre
Set up and run the Clean Energy Centre – a sole trader enterprise based in Newtown to promote low carbon products. After experimenting with a variety of products, the enterprise focused on two – electric bikes and acrylic secondary glazing.
Marches Energy Agency
Employed by Marches Energy Agency as a Project manager, primarily carrying out small commercial energy audits and renewable energy feasibility studies and offering energy advice. Marches Energy Agency engages with a wide variety of businesses, public and private sector bodies, charities and other organisations.
Lightfoot Energy Service CIC
Subcontracted to conduct energy surveys and write reports both for domestic audits and small commercial audits, also carrying out training of volunteers and assisting with workshops.
Sustainable Transport Projects
Initiated a variety of transport related schemes around Newtown, including regular ‘Dr Bike’ training sessions, a sustainable transport road show which he has taken around to a number of local businesses, a major electric bike road show held in the town park, Bike Breakfast schemes (sponsored by the co-operative group) and an electric bike loan scheme (with bike bought with a grant from the Co-operative Group).
Central Electricity Generating Board (subsequently National Grid)
Initially in the research department as a research officer, went on to become a technical and business analyst, focusing on writing and running computer models of the power flows to analyse the stability of the transmission system.

Education:
2008 Environmental Science Module, Open University, Distinction
2007 Energy for a Sustainable Future Module, Open University, Distinction
2007 Production of domestic Energy Performance Certificates, Levels 1-3, NAEA
1987: M.A. in Mathematics, Cambridge University, Upper Second Class Honours