What's the History?

In Spring 2011 the inaugural Power Behind Festivals Symposium brought together festivals and power providers to discuss cross-industry experiences of and attitudes to renewable power supply. This event identified many shared issues, a commitment to finding sustainable solutions, and a need for more research and action that would accelerate change.

In Autumn 2011 Julie's Bicycle conducted research with Sussex University mapping the current uptake of renewable power across the UK festival sector. This research showed that renewable energy - solar powered battery, temporary wind or pedal power - is meeting just ~0.026% of festival power supply demand, and waste vegetable oil (WVO) biodiesel is currently meeting 3-6%.

Powerful Thinking, originally operating as The Green Festival Alliance, was formed to address these issues, aiming to increase awareness and knowledge about power, and encouraging and supporting innovation. 

Sustaining Creativity