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Covid-19 (Coronavirus) update

30 March 2020

We've made radical changes to our working practices that will last for the duration of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis.In line with government advice, the office is closed. All staff are working from home with the exception of just two who – while observing social distancing and hygiene guidelines – are servicing... Read more

New funding

17 March 2020

A few new exciting funding opportunities have come to our attention! If you are on the hunt for financing for your community energy project or group, check to see if you might be eligible for support from these schemes.MCS Charitable Foundation Grants – The charitable arm of the Microgeneration Certification... Read more

Low Carbon Hub open their Community Energy Fund 2020

16 March 2020

This week, Low Carbon Hub opened their Community Energy Fund to a new round of investment. They're aiming to raise £1.5 million of investment by 10 June 2020, which will be put towards two key funding needs: Continuing to grow their portfolio of renewable energy generation projects across Oxfordshire, including roof-mounted solar... Read more

Statement from Community Energy England on the latest government budget (11th March 2020)

13 March 2020

A budget intended to ‘unleash the energy, inventiveness and creativity of all the British people’ does nothing for Community Energy.Duncan Law, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Community Energy England:“This Budget could have been far more ambitious in its scope to create a better, cleaner and more equitable energy system creating more... Read more

New webinar series offers practical climate emergency support for Parish Clerks

1 March 2020

Town and parish councils have a vital role to play in addressing the climate emergency. Operating at the closest level to communities, they are uniquely placed to inspire grassroots action, set a leadership example and provide a focal point for practical, local action on the climate emergency.Yet although many Town... Read more

New community buildings funding

27 February 2020

There are a couple of new funds available to support energy efficiency improvements to community buildings – check if your project might be eligible!Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund – This £700,000 fund is managed by Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and provides loans of up to £20,000 for... Read more

Neighbourhood planning guide - 3rd edition out now!

12 February 2020

As the issue of climate change continue to dominate our deadlines, we're pleased to be publishing the 3rd edition of our guidebook for people wishing to shape their locality and make a positive contribution to cutting carbon through a neighbourhood plan. Click here to download Neighbourhood Planning in a Climate Emergency. This... Read more

Next steps for the OpenLV project

2 February 2020

OpenLV is a groundbreaking, £6m project that has been making local electricity data openly available – to the energy industry, community groups and app developers.The project, run by EA Technology and delivered in partnership with Western Power Distrubtion (WPD), included community trials in which CSE helped community organisations to access... Read more

2020 funding opportunities

24 January 2020

New year = lots of new funding opportunities for community energy projects and groups!Trusthouse grants for community centres - The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering community centres in deprived urban and rural communities the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £7,500 and £60,000. Grants can be used to... Read more

State of the Sector Survey 2020

21 January 2020

The community energy State of the Sector Survey 2020 is now live!Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales invite community organisations working on low carbon energy projects to respond to the Survey as soon as possible so they can investigate the number, nature, and outcomes of community energy initiatives throughout... Read more

Community-generated green electricity to be offered to all in UK

16 January 2020

All UK homes will soon be able to use energy from community renewable schemes across the country with the first energy tariff to offer clean electricity exclusively from community projects.The deal, from Co-op Energy, will charge an extra £5 a month over Co-op’s regular tariff to provide electricity from community... Read more

Exciting funding opportunities!

27 December 2019

As the year draws to a close, be sure to check out these new funding options. Your community energy group or project may be eligible for support…Severn Trent Community Fund – The water company have a new pot of £10 million to support local projects, charities and groups over the... Read more

Green Energy Awards 2019

17 December 2019

On Friday 27th November 2019, the sustainable energy sector gathered at the 16th annual Green Energy Awards dinner.The Awards, hosted this year by Regen at the beautiful Assembly Rooms in Bath, are a leading national celebration of the innovative technologies, pioneering companies and inspiring individuals shaking up the UK’s energy... Read more

5 things we’ve learned about new community energy models

6 December 2019

Power to Change's Next Generation programme is incubating community energy models of the future. Felicity Jones is a consortium member of the Next Generation Programme, and Partner at employee-owned consultancy Everoze. In this blog post, she shares her top 5 learnings from the programme so far. When you talk to... Read more

Bath & West Community Energy on the look-out for ‘Solar Roof Spotters’

28 November 2019

The award-winning community energy group Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) are recruiting ‘Solar Roof Spotters’ to support their Community Solar 2020 project.The project aims to spark a fresh wave of solar implementation across Bath and North East Somerset (as well as parts of Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire). As part... Read more

Deadline for £100 million TNL community Climate Action Fund approaching

24 November 2019

The first deadline for The National Lottery’s Climate Action Fund is fast approaching!The pioneering fund aims to support communities across the UK to take meaningful action on climate change. With up to £100 million funding available over 10 years, these communities will work together and be active participants in a... Read more

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