Our latest policy insight, Constituency voices: realising the potential of community energy, brings together findings from workshops held with MPs and local stakeholders in Edinburgh, Sheffield and Wells under our Climate Leadership Programme. Our research has shown that there is great enthusiasm and huge potential for community energy around the UK, but the current lack of government support is making it hard for community groups to get their projects off the ground.
In this paper we identify local issues and opportunities, and make recommendations for the government as it develops its community energy strategy. If taken on board, these policy and practical changes would enable the expansion of successful community energy schemes across the UK.
We would like to thank the Pure Climate Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for their support of this work.