Sample MP email/letter

Sample Tweet

There are 267 MPs (excluding Scottish MPs) who represent seats with community energy projects in them. That is a huge potential power-base if all of them can recognise the power and potential of our sector to enable the energy transition and bring benefit to their communities.

The Government's Net Zero Strategy, published on Tuesday 19 October 2020, mentioned community energy but contained no concrete plans or support measures for the sector, despite recommendations from the Environmental Audit Committee that it should. The British Energy Security Strategy of April 2022 did not rectify that omission. Neither have any actions of the recent government - indeed the reverse.

In March 2022 the Rural Community Energy Fund ended. In June 2022 the then Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, Kwasi Kwarteng, told us that "the Government has decided not to provide further grant funding for community energy projects through a  national Community Energy Fund at the present time." He directed us to the Energy Redress Fund, newly opened up to community businesses, and the UK-wide national growth funds - see our Funding Database. Sadly neither give direct access to feasibility and development funding that the Rural Community Energy Fund provided, which in the NW of England mobilised £69 of community investment for every £1 of government seed funding. The growth funds are mostly capital funds where £1 of grant creates £1 of project. 

We ask you to write to your MP asking them to write to the new BEIS Secretary of State to urgently put in place support measures for community energy. See CEE's recent letter to the Secretary of State for detailed reasoning. (See suggested MP letter below)

Why harnessing our MPs is key.

Already, CE friendly MPs have helped us get questions asked and meet the minister. More than 300 support the Local Electricity Bill. An 'All Party Parliamentary Group on Community Energy' was recently formed. We have built profile and recognition in Westminster.

We argue in our Parliamentary Briefing ( that community energy is essential to achieving net-zero and as such should be supported financially and in policy. Ministers are increasingly echoing our messaging: Kwasi Kwarteng in June 2020 - "If we’re going to get to Net Zero we're going to need more local engagement" Alok Sharma to the Environmental Audit Committee - "We're going to have to take the public with us". 

The Conservative government has a majority of 80 seats so Conservative MPs are especially important, particularly those in the so-called Red Wall of northern seats gained from Labour to whom the government listens carefully.

We are working to get community energy and people back at the centre of government energy policy. But for this to have any possibility of making the real change we need lots more community energy champions in parliament, ideally Conservative MPs. We need the photographs of the Secretary of State waving on a community energy rooftop soon. 

We will write to all relevant ministers in the new government, committees, pressure groups and opposition spokespeople to get our community energy asks before them. We will work with partner organisations like the Energy Saving Trust, Green Alliance, NEA and the Climate Coalition to join up our campaigning.  

Make your MP a community energy champion

MPs can only really respond to people and projects in their constituencies. So we are asking community energy people and organisations (you!) to connect with and make an ally of your MP, whatever their political complexion and whether you like them or not. Invite them to visit your project and to invest in it, to share-issues and project launches, take and share good pictures (with the aim of getting them featured prominently on their website, Facebook page, into their newsletters), tag them in social media, update them on progress, get them wanting to boast about you in Parliament. Also to do things for you - ask parliamentary questions, write to ministers. Then they will be much more willing to champion the sector or your project when we need them.

Please (and also mobilise supporters to) email, write to or tweet your MP, urging them to visit your project and champion community energy in the House; you can adapt our suggested letter to do this. Please explain why community energy is great - (benefits to your local community) - and, as a trusted intermediary, the key to engaging the wider community to actively participate in the urgent energy transition. Attach the CEE Parliamentary Briefing.

Your MP can be found at (where you can also send them a message). Full contact details, and how MPs prefer to be addressed, is available at

Please write to local newspapers in the same vein.

Sample MP email/letter.

Please cut, paste, reword and personalise (including with local context and benefits of your project). MPs often forward your email to the Secretary of State's office so the less it looks like a standard campaign email the more powerful it will be.

If you are inviting your MP to a specific event or visit please refer to that near the top. Fridays and weekends are best or during parliamentary recesses. Please consider organising an event to invite them to during Great Big Green Week, 10-18 June, which is also the first week of Community Energy Fortnight

Please check and edit, especially the 'I/We' at the top and above the bullets and fill in details where you see [square brackets]. (Don't forget to add your MP's name and to remove brackets!) If emailing please copy in and send me any non-automatic responses. It may be useful to tweak according to which party you are contacting. Letters by post, especially hand-written, are rarer nowadays and also work well.


Short email in support of the Local Electricity Bill amendments in the Energy Bill being debated in Committee until 23 June 2023.

Dear [MP name],

Please urge the Bill Committee MPs to retain the Local Electricity Bill clauses 272 & 273 during the Committee Stage reading of the Energy Bill 

[I/we] write as [(a) volunteer(s) with/member of??] [?? name of project] in your constituency. [add more details including benefits delivered to constituents??]

On 17 April the Lords passed amendments to the Energy Bill that will enable community energy organisations to sell their electricity into the local community. On 9 May numerous MPs of all parties spoke to at the Second Reading in support of the amendments. This has the potential to be transformational for the sector.  If you have not already, please sign up to support the Local Electricity Bill, whose aims these amendments carry forward. It already has the support of 318 MPs including more than 120 Conservative MPs.

Please do visit our project sometime.

Yours sincerely

[Name, address and post-code in the constituency]


Longer email on general community energy relevant policy.

If you can invite your MP to visit your project, please do.


Dear [MP name],

[I/we] write as [(a) volunteer(s) with/member of??] [?? name of project] in your constituency. [add more details including benefits delivered to constituents??]

The Net Zero Review identified that community energy had been “neglected by government” and recommended that the government “turbocharge community energy” and local climate action. 

The government’s response and revamped Net Zero Strategy contained in the Powering Up Britain report contained nothing new for community energy, comprising cut and pastes from responses the sector has received over the last 18 months. This shows that the government has not understood the points made in the Review and the Environmental Audit Committee's recommendations on the importance of community energy to achieving net zero and the need to support its growth.

On 17 April the Lords passed amendments to the Energy Bill, now clauses 272 and 273, that will enable community energy organisations to sell their electricity into the local community. This has the potential to be transformational for the sector.  If you have not already, please sign up to support the Local Electricity Bill, whose aims these amendments carry forward. Please contact the Bill Committee to urge them to retain these clauses.

Additionally we want to make it clear that the government’s proposals in the recent Levelling Up and Regeneration consultation will not open up onshore wind in the way that is vital to achieve the governments legally binding climate goals or its ambition to have a net zero grid by 2035.

Renewable energy is popular! Survation polling shows "84% of those who backed the Tories at the last election urging the Government to use new wind and solar farms to cut electricity bills, and 81% of 2019 Tory voters supporting a renewable energy project in their area."

Community energy is also popular. Recent polling by Coop Energy showed 81% of people think the government should do more to enable community energy.

Community energy is also essential to achieving net zero,  mobilising people and communities to participate actively in the energy transition, without which ”it will not be possible to get close to meeting a net-zero target”, as the Climate Change Committee has repeatedly warned. Nearly two thirds of net zero measures depend on people’s decisions and behaviours. 

The community energy State of the Sector 2022 report shows that despite enduring its most challenging year ever, in 2021, the sector engaged 217,000+ local people, created 183 new FTE jobs, saw a 38% increase in the delivery of community-led energy efficiency/fuel poverty services (123 organisations involved), which saved bill-payers £3.35 million. The main report also contains Community Energy England's policy asks for the sector on p22-24. You can also read their very short Parliamentary Briefing at

[I/We] ask that you please

  • Urge the Bill Committee to pass the the community energy enabling clauses 272 and 273 in the Energy Bill.
  • Write to the Prime Minister and the new DESNZ Secretary of State and Ministers expressing disappointment at their failure to “turbocharge community energy” in Powering Up Britain .
  • Write to the Communities and DESNZ Secretaries to say that the current proposals to open up onshore wind are not fit for purpose and will not deliver enough onshore wind to meet government net zero targets.  They must "unlock the potential of onshore wind by bringing consenting in line with other infrastructure" as pledged by the previous government.
  • Visit our project soon and champion community energy (and our project) in the House of Commons.

Thank you in advance.

Best regards

[Name, postal address and postcode in the constituency - required for the MP to act on your behalf]


Sample tweet

Please do tweet from your organisation’s account if possible. You can find MP Twitter handles here. Please ADD A PICTURE (essential - use one of your project ideally and 'tag' people in it to increase reach), personalise with relevant # and @. Please don't delete the dot at the beginning.


@energygovuk and @hmtreasury failed to "turbocharge #communityenergy" as per #MissionZero, in #PoweringUpBritain and #SpringStatement

Please support Local Electricity Bill clauses 272/3 in the Committee Stage of the Energy Bill

@Comm1nrg @Power4PeopleUK