Policy documents and consultations that may be of interest to community energy groups or that CEE is considering making a response to are included below (listed in date order of responses required). Draft responses will be added to this page for member comments along with our final submissions. If you would like to input to any of our responses, please email us.

You can view and download our previous consultation responses here.


Latest Consultation Opportunities

Warm Home Discount: better-targeted support from 2022 

This consultation proposes to expand and reform the Warm Home Discount scheme, in England and Wales until 2026 which obliges participating energy suppliers to provide rebates to their customers, to reduce energy bills for low-income and vulnerable households and tackle fuel poverty, in line with the commitments announced in the Energy White Paper in 2020. The objective of the reforms is to improve the fuel poverty targeting rate of the scheme and ensure more fuel poor households can receive rebates on their energy bills automatically, through the use of data matching. An Impact Assessment setting out the impact of the proposals accompanies this consultation.

They would particularly welcome responses from energy suppliers and charities and other organisations focusing on fuel poverty and vulnerable people. This consultation closes at 11:45 pm on 22 August 2021.

Design of the Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022-2026

The main objective of the scheme is to improve the least energy efficient housing stock occupied by low income and vulnerable households, thereby making progress towards our statutory target of improving as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to EPC band C by 2030, with an interim milestone of band D by 2025. This consultation is seeking views on the proposed changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme for the next scheme (ECO4), due to begin in April 2022.

This consultation closes at 11:45 pm on 31 August 2021

Energy code reform: governance framework

BEIS and Ofgem are seeking views on proposals for energy code reform, developed with the help of feedback to the 2019 consultationTheir desired outcome for energy code reform is an institutional governance framework that is forward-looking, agile, easy to understand, and able to accommodate a growing number of market participants. Based on an earlier consultation, this consultation looks at the preferred option of Ofgem being designated as a ‘strategic body’ over the energy codes, with separate ‘code managers’. This consultation is also looking for views on:

  • detailed elements of our proposals that were not addressed in the previous consultation
  • the impact assessment which sets out some of the estimated costs and benefits of our proposed reforms

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 28 September 2021

Role of vehicle-to-X energy technologies in a net zero energy system

A call for evidence to investigate the role of vehicle-to-X technologies in a net zero energy system, and possible barriers to their widespread use. Vehicle-to-X (V2X) technologies allow an electric vehicle to export the energy within its battery for another use, for example to a home or to the electricity grid. In this call for evidence, the government invites views and evidence on:

  • the role of V2X technologies in the energy system
  • the barriers that might be preventing this
  • the role of government

This consultation closes at 11:45pm on 12 October 2021

Regional Consultations

Please look out for your DNO's consultation on their 'business plan' and feed in. These will form the basis of their investment in the distribution system from 2023-2028. If we want them to be investing to enable community energy (by, for instance, reinforcing the tail end of the system to enable more distributed generation) we must ask for it. It will also 

CEE has input into Electricity North West's consultation now closed. You can see ENW's strategy documents here