Experienced Practitioner Group 

CEE's experienced practitioner group provides a space within which experienced community energy practitioners can discuss a range of aspects of practical delivery and running larger community energy organisations, with the aim of sharing expertise, experiences and innovations, exploring collaboration and avoiding duplication/repetition. The limited membership allows discussions to include greater detail and depth than our more open events or Loomio forum, and confidentiality allows open conversation about challenges, risks and errors. As of March 2024 there have been eight meetings, with around 10 practitioners attending each session.

Energy Efficiency Working Group 

As the energy crisis tightened its grip in early 2022 CEE decided that helping communities though it by saving and  using energy more efficiently was a key response for the sector. We convened a group of expert practitioners to steer activity to help the sector be as effective as possible, provide thought leadership and sharing of knowledge and best practice, drive funding and resources to the sector and shape our advocacy to government on this issue. We also want to deliver evidence of why energy advice and interventions delivered by knowledgeable trusted community members is better than anything delivered remotely. Initially the focus has been on energy efficiency and fuel poverty advice and remediation. Retrofit will become more of a focus as the immediate energy bill crisis recedes. As a result of the work of CEE and the working group we trained 24 new energy advisors and made 2 proposals to government for action on energy efficiency.

As of February 2024 the Working Group has met 20 times. As many of our initial aims, (including securing the Local Energy Advice Demonstrator (LEAD) fund from government) have been met the group has decided to meet quarterly. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 8 May 4-5pm. Members engaged in LEAD funded project are meeting more frequently to exchange information. You can view our rolling notes, which also has a resources section here. We have an email group for discussion and announcements. Email Josh Barnes to ask to join the email group and/or the meetings. From November 2022 the group had a paid coordinator, Kirsty Shanahan of Bucks Community Energy, thanks to funding from Power to Change. Her role has now ended but CEE is recruiting a Heat and Retrofit Coordinator who will seek to join up working on Heat, Retrofit and energy efficiency across the sector.

Ethical Sourcing Working Group

As a result of a very active thread on Loomio of members concerned about sourcing solar panels not produced by Chinese slave labour this group was formed to define the issue and come up with reliable information for members and to campaign for ethical sourcing across the solar sector. As of February 2024 it has met 14 times, produced a statement of concern, a database of what we know about solar suppliers, a draft policy for community energy organisations to adopt and engaged in additional research and lobbying for more ethical sourcing of solar components in the UK. The group now meets every 2 months.

You can view our rolling notes document here

Email d.law@communityenergyengland.org to join.

Low Carbon Community Heat Working Group 

Following excellent workshops on Heat Decarbonisation at our national conference in June 2022 Kate Gilmartin agreed to convene our Heat Working Group. It now meets approximately monthly with meet ups with equivalent groups in Wales and Scotland about every 3 months. It is principally a space for people to share knowledge, technical solutions, financial models, engagement methods and solutions to enable replicability and  scaling as well as barriers. It can also be a place to identify potential partners. It is also collecting resources and advising CEE on its lobbying in this arena. The Working Group's rolling notes are here. You can watch important presentations to the Working Group from members on CEE's YouTube channel. In March 2023 CEE held a Heat Decarbonisation event which you can watch here

Email d.law@communityenergyengland.org to join.