What a wonderful start to 2023, receiving the news that Energy4All’s Mike Smyth has been awarded an MBE for services to the environment in King Charles III’s first New Year’s Honours List.
It is fantastic that Mike has been recognised for his dedication and commitment in his roles in the energy and environmental sector, not only as part of the Energy4All team but also as part of the eight Co-operatives where he serves as a Board Director.
Mike has given much of his time on a voluntary basis for many years. Up until 2012 he was the Chair for the Friends of the Earth. He joined Energy4All in 2008.
Upon receiving the news Mike said:
“I was thrilled to receive the MBE. What a lovely but totally unexpected surprise. I would like to thank the person or persons who nominated me.
“During my time working in the community energy sector we have faced many hurdles, but with the involvement of local communities and the wider renewable energy community, we have been able to create ground-breaking projects.
“Energy4All gives the power back to the people. Allowing them to own a stake in locally generated renewable energy. This, I believe is the way forward for our energy market.
“As a Director of Energy4All it is a privilege to work alongside these groups and help them to develop and educate the next generation about the importance of renewable energy.
“I would like to thank my fellow directors and staff past and present at Energy4All for all their hard work and dedication. We have a number of exciting projects in the pipeline and we are continually working hard to increase the community energy sector in the UK.“
Mike is the second member of Energy4All to receive this prestigious award in recognition of their work following the award being made to Annette Heslop in 2018.
Huge congratulations to Mike from all at Energy4All and on behalf of all the co-ops we work with.