Bulk of UK public say government should offer tax relief for community energy

31 July 2019

According to a new ICM poll of 2,027 adults carried out on behalf of Community Energy England, around 69% of the UK public think the government should once again offer tax relief to people who invest in community energy projects.

There was a particularly strong increase in support for community energy from Conservative Party voters, with the proportion in favour of a reinstatement of tax relief shooting up from 43% in 2017 to 68% in 2018.

What is more, 82% think the government should do more to help local communities generate their own energy.  This surge in support follows community energy capacity installations falling in 2018, when only 7.9MW of new shared capacity was installed, compared to 33.5MW the previous year.

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