Here is a record of the policy responses we have submitted and our position on subjects that are receiving the attention of legislators.
Climate ambition is futile if people and communities don’t buy into and participate in the action.
The importance of people and communities is praised, but community energy is ignored in the Spending Review
Community energy has come to expect warm words and cold shoulders from government.
In announcing the Spending Review, the Chancellor placed great emphasis on "Encouraging the individual and community brilliance on which a thriving society depends". However he omitted to extend to any enabling support for brilliant community energy groups which stand ready to mobilise thousands of passionate, knowledgeable local people and millions in investment in local solutions for the vital energy transition to zero-carbon.
In March 2021, CEE responded to this call for evidenceView Document
On 19 March 2021, CEE, CEW and CES jointly submitted this response alongside many other CE groups. Their and other responses can be found at https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1047/technological-innovations-and-climate-change-community-energy/publications/. The subsequent oral evidence session on 14 April can be viewed at https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/51133e06-717e-400a-b27f-f8e3299cb2faView Document
On 11 February we asked Ofgem to extend the elibility to receive grants from this scheme from only charities to include community energy.View Document
As in his Conference speech the Prime Minister forgot, in his Ten Point Plan, to invest in the ‘extraordinary powers of invention’ in the community to deliver local recovery and net-zero solutions. Instead, he chooses to invest in big-cheque, corporate solutions many of which look dangerously like 'unicorns', which may not scale in time or ever.View Document