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- Meet your MP about community energy this Community Energy Fortnight
- What next for community energy in a post-FIT world?
- We can do more to foster community energy in low-income communities.
- A new generation of investors are using their money to drive change
- People, Power and Happiness
- A review of CEF17
- Community energy, a magic bullet for a multitude of charitable objectives
- Community Energy Fortnight Lobbying Pack 2017
- How smart technology is empowering rural energy projects
- Community energy is not just what we do, but how we do it - By Ed Mayo, Co-operatives UK
- “It's all still to play for" says Co-op Energy's Head of Renewables
- York Community Energy trip round the panels of Auld Reekie with Edinburgh Community Solar
- The Ramblers: Protecting the places we love to walk in a changing climate
- Why Community Energy Fortnight is so important - By Emma Bridge
- CEF17 is Powering Together!
- Community Energy Fortnight 2017 dates announced and news of a new collaboration
- The community energy revolution is evolving, and the future’s bright
- Investing in community energy schemes
- Energising faith communities: the Spirit project
- Community Energy - the way forward
- CEF16 dates announced
- The community energy revolution pushes on in face of storm clouds
- Blogs 2015
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Community energy: what is it and why should I care?
Over ninety percent of the UK energy market is controlled by just six companies. With ever-mounting costs and the threat of climate change, as well as resource scarcity and increasingly volatile international markets exposing the vulnerability of our existing energy supplies, it makes sense for people to want to take control themselves.
The term 'community energy' covers a range of collective actions, from saving or reducing our use of it, to purchasing, managing and generating the stuff. It does not include commercially or Government-supported initiatives, nor isolated, individual efforts. The emphasis is very much on projects involving local engagement, leadership and control, and where there is a benefit to local communities.
What types of community energy projects are out there?
- Initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of a local area
- Community-owned renewable electricity installations
- Community members switching as a group to a renewable heat source
- A community trial of smart meters, to raise awareness of energy use
- and much, much more...
What are the benefits of community energy?
- It reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Improves energy security
- Supports the local economy and creates jobs
- Keeps the profits generated within the community
- Re-connects people with how energy is generated and how they consume it
- Increases public acceptance of renewable energy schemes
Find out more
Have a read of the National Trust's report on the social and economic benefits of community energy here, or check out the Rough Guide to Community Energy for practical advice and inspiring case studies.