Here is a record of the policy responses we have submitted and our position on subjects that are receiving the attention of legislators.
CEE and others' response to the onshore wind planning consultation
The government's 'Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill: reforms to national planning policy consultation' claimed to relax planning constraint that have effectively banned onshore wind in England since 2015. Unfortunately they will do little or nothing to increase installation of onshore wind, which is essential to achieving urgent and legally binding climate targets. Our response was co-signed by Power to Change, Plymouth Energy Community, en10ergy, Communities for Renewables CIC, Atlantic Energy Ltd, Bishop’s Castle Climate Action Group and the Othona Community.View Document
Joint letter from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on onshore wind
We signed this letter coordinated by Possible, along with at least 15 community energy colleagues, urging the government to open up onshore wind.View Document
CEE response to the BEIS consultation on the future of the CfD scheme
BEIS asked a series of specific questions about technologies which community energy is either not involved in or is excluded from by the CfD being only for projects greater than 5 MW. We took the opportunity to make policy proposals on a Community Energy CfD pot, a requirement for an offer of community ownership and community benefit for projects to be eligible for CfDs.View Document
CEE Spring Budget Representation
We made policy suggestions for the Budget on March 15 which included extend Social Investment Tax Relief beyond 2023, extend eligibility to community energy, fund a National Community Energy Fund and extend business rate reliefs and incentives to community energy.View Document
Joint letter to the Chancellor from energy trade associations
"The Spring Statement is a key moment for the Government to signal its intention to invest in and remove
barriers to investment across the sector." We are working with the trade associations to get a meeting with the Chancellor. We do not agree with all the asks in the letter.
Joint letter to the PM with Coop Group, Tesco, Morrisons and M&S
We joined this Coop Group initiative requesting a more supportive environment for investment into renewables and community energy. The PM has responded offering a meeting with Grant Shapps, the SoS at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.View Document