The Community Energy Coalition

Description

The Community Energy Coalition was formed in 2011, born of a desire to make community energy at scale in the UK a reality by 2020. Membership includes many of the UK's most trusted and influential civic society organisations, including The Co-operative, the National Trust, the Women's Institute and the Church of England, as well as representatives from the community energy sector. We have a combined reach of 16 million people.

Currently, 99% of the energy generated in the UK is supplied by just six companies – but this doesn’t have to be the case. We want to start a revolution with communities at its heart, which will drive a clean, affordable and secure energy system for all.

The work of the Coalition is split into two parts:

  1. The Secretariat - We’ve been successfully lobbying Government since 2011, through a series of roundtables attended by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
  2. Community Energy Fortnight - As part of the public outreach and mobilisation work of the Coalition, 2013 saw the first ever Community Energy Fortnight taking place right across the UK. Running from 24th August - 8th September, events ranged from a walking tour of mountain hydros in Snowdonia, to a community heat workshop; a visit to Westmill wind farm and solar park to a DIY solar PV workshop for low-income groups. The aim of the Fortnight was to engage and inspire people about the wide-ranging benefits of community energy – and to encourage groups to set up their own projects too.

Contact

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7324 3630
Email: communityenergy@forumforthefuture.org
Web: www.ukcec.org

Location

c/o Forum for the Future,
Overseas House, 19 - 23 Ironmonger Row,
London EC1V 3QN
United Kingdom

Key Words

community energy, renewables, policy, DECC, energy efficiency

Creation Date: 
Monday, 11 November, 2013 - 12:57
Last Updated: 
Monday, 11 November, 2013 - 12:57

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