The Community Energy Strategy - our response to the Call for Evidence

Read our recommendations to the Government

31 July 2013

The Department of Energy and Climate Change is due to publish a Community Energy Strategy in the autumn. This is an important time for the future development of community energy projects, a key part of CSE's work. We believe that local communities have an essential role to play in developing a low carbon, sustainable energy future for the UK.

The Government put out a Call for Evidence as part of the Strategy's development. Based on all our experience supporting communities and our expertise in the field of community energy, CSE has submitted a detailed response.

Read our response to the Call for Evidence. (opens PDF)

Our main recommendations are:

  • Community energy needs to be defined more widely, beyond the parameters that DECC is currently using.
  • Community energy planning should be a mandatory part of Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans.
  • Support for intermediary organisations is vital; many community projects would not get off the ground without their support.
  • Government needs to ensure that all communities, regardless of social capital and local expertise, can be supported to fully develop their potential for energy saving and energy generation.

Check out CSE's toolkit for community energy projects at

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