Delivering renewable energy

Renewable energy technology plays a critical role in the UK's efforts to cut carbon emissions, and a large part of CSE's work is to spread a wider understanding of how the various technologies work

Delivering renewable energy

Renewable energy technologies have a central role to play in delivering a low carbon future and the Government is committed to ensuring they play a key part in the UK’s future energy mix (with a target of 15% of all electricity, heat and transport energy to be produced from renewable sources by 2020).

At a small-scale level, once energy efficiency solutions have been exhausted, micro-generation technologies such as solar hot water, solar PV, heat pumps and biomass boilers can offer a practical next step for carbon reduction in the home.

CSE is working both at national policy level and grass-roots project level to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy solutions. Our work supporting planning officers and elected councillors across England is helping to ensure local planning policy encourages and supports appropriate local renewable energy developments. Our work with regional government and local authorities has helped to introduce demanding regional and local policies, targets and strategies to support the deployment of more renewable energy at a local level. 

Our training courses are designed to help people understand the pros and cons of different technologies and chose solutions appropriate to their needs.

At a practical level our technical consulting team regularly helps clients to assess the feasibility of specific renewable energy technologies for their buildings and circumstances.


Relevent reports and publications

Fair deal feed-in tariffs
Feed-in tariffs advice leaflet
Common Concerns about Wind Power


As part of PlanLoCaL we made a series of 47 short videos to support communities wishing to undertake renewable energy projects. Click here to see them all. Here's a sample: