Policy advice

Through our own direct experience and analysis, CSE has amassed extensive understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in sustainable energy. This underpins our efforts to inform and shape local, regional and national policies and programmes as we seek to disseminate the lessons we’ve learned with well-grounded policy advice to Government, regulators and other key agencies.

Based on our experience and research, CSE actively:

  • identifies the national policy implications of our own projects
  • monitors and advises on the effectiveness of local, regional and national energy initiatives
  • engages regulatory and consumer bodies and Government departments to influence changes in policy

CSE has a high profile within the energy field and a track record of successfully influencing government energy policy – from requiring energy companies to offer social tariffs, and establishing carbon reduction and fuel poverty within local government performance indicators, to developing protocols for ensuring community benefits are more integral to the UK wind power development process.

We have good links and relationships with national policy makers and are active within a host of national energy forums and networks including the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes, the Public Utilities Access Forum, the National Right to Fuel Campaign, the Fuel Poverty Advisory Group Local Authorities and Communities Committee.

Within the South West we helped establish Regen SW, the region’s sustainable energy agency. At a local level we contribute to South Gloucestershire Local Strategic Partnership, Bristol Green Capital Momentum Group, the Somerset Fuel Poverty Partnership and many other local initiatives.

CSE’s Chief Executive undertakes a number of senior advisory roles, including Ofgem’s Consumer Challenge Group, the Advisory Board for the ESRC Centre on Research on Lifestyles, Values and Environment (RESOLVE) at the University of Surrey, and DECC’s Green Deal Consumer Advisory Panel.

The policy-makers we work with and advise include :
DECC  |  Defra  |  Department for Communities and Local Government  |  Ofgem  |  Consumer Focus  |  GLA  |  Welsh Assembly Government