Community Energy Fortnight has finished!
Community Energy Fortnight (CEF) is the UK's annual celebration of all things community energy. Community Energy Fortnight was intended to serve many purposes this year: inspire people to get involved in projects, set up new ones, take personal actions around energy - but also to engage our MPs in becoming champions for community energy and policy change in parliament. This year CEF finished on 27 June and the theme was We The Power.
Our members and supporters made some great videos for CEF 2021 - thank you for taking part. Special shout out to Exeter Community Energy, Next Generation project, BHESCo, Power to Change and the Energy Networks Association for their contributions.
Watch all this year's videos on our CEF 2021 YouTube playlist.
There have been a wide range of events during the Fortnight this year - we're really grateful so many of our members and supporters have got involved with CEF 2021 by hosting events - thank you!
Recordings of as many events as possible, including our own, are in our CEF 2021 YouTube playlist.
During CEF, we invited community energy organisations to take over our Twitter account for an hour. This gives an opportunity for community energy organisations and supporters to share their voice and to provide our followers with an opportunity learn more about them and their ambitions for the future.
We love reading and sharing the sector's wide-ranging thoughts and opinions on the energy transition, social benefits, renewable technologies, policy, and much more, and we're grateful to the people and organisations who countributed blogs to CEF 2021:
- Power to Change's Next Generation project
- Isobel Shaw, Orchard Community Energy
- Farina Farrier, the Energy Networks Association
- Dan Curtis, BHESCo
- Éva Goudouneix, Repowering London with Co-operatives UK's Community Shares Unit
- Monika Paplaczyk, Thrive Renewables
- Whitni Thomas, Triodos bank
- Dr Tim Braunholtz-Speight, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of Manchester
- Keith Hempshall, Centre for Sustainable Energy
- Phoebe Adams, UK Power Networks
- Andy Heald, Energise Barnsley
- Dr Elaine Forde, Swansea University
- Patagonia, supporters of CEF 2021
Thank you to our sponsors and supporters
Patagonia is supporting this event as part of their We The Power campaign. We thank them for their support and interest in promoting the community energy movement.
Thank you also to Thrive Renewables for sponsoring Community Energy Fortnight 2021. Thrive Renewables is a renewable energy investment company. They’re powering the UK’s transition to a sustainable energy future by helping people connect with clean energy projects. Thanks to their thousands of investors - large and small – they have financed, developed and operated 26 wind, solar, hydro, geothermal, battery storage and renewable heat projects over the last 26 years. In 2020 they generated enough clean, renewable electricity to power 40% of the UK’s EV journeys, saving 66,689 tonnes of CO2.