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Community Energy: The ‘democratisation of energy’

With the launch of the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy, a ray of light has opened in a doorway to what could have a radical impact in the way we generate and use energy. Not only does it hold out the prospect of a far greater level of local, community engagement in sustainable energy generation […]

The Community Energy Strategy; opportunities and challenges

So here we are, the first ever Community Energy Strategy! It’s been nearly two years in gestation, moving between teams within DECC, gathering momentum and political support. Is it worth the wait? I’ll certainly be welcoming it. For the first time we have community energy being recognised in a substantive way with an appropriate focus on […]

The Community Energy Strategy can empower communities and accelerate grass roots action

How the folks of Ashton Hayes in Cheshire wish that they had the backing of DECC’s Community Energy Strategy in 2006 when they set out to become England’s first carbon neutral village! When we embarked on our journey towards carbon neutrality we even had to take time off work to go and convince the local council […]

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