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The Community Energy Coalition (CEC) was formed in 2011 by some of the UK’s most influential and trusted institutions and charities such as the Church of England, the Women’s Institute (WI), the National Union of Students (NUS) and the National Trust. For the full list of members, click here.
Our aim is to ignite an energy revolution which places communities at its heart and strives for a clean, affordable and secure energy system for all. We are achieving this by helping communities across the UK to own, generate and save energy together.
Watch Will Dawson, Head of Energy at Forum for the Future, talking about the Community Energy Coalition.
The CEC has already made significant strides towards scaling up community energy. Most noticeably, the CEC was a key contributor to the Government’s first ever Community Energy Strategy, launched last year, which features a number of potentially break-through policies.
In 2013 we helped raise a 60,000-signature petition calling on the Government to support community energy, and launched the UK’s first ever Community Energy Fortnight. A third fortnight is being held in September this year.
Along with the Co-operative we won an ENDS Green Economy Award in the Sustainability Partnership category.
Membership and structure
The CEC is made up of 41 members from civil society and the community energy sector. The combined reach of the coalition with its members and supporters is several million people. And when you’re talking about energy you certainly need numbers on your side; currently, over 90% of the UK’s energy market is controlled by just six companies.