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Have your say and help shape the future of community energy

Community energy generation has been on the rise in recent years, from innovative solar schemes to district heating in housing blocks and wind turbines on islands. It has also faced some significant challenges. 

Feed-in Tariff (FITs) cuts have not made things easy – but as Energy Saving Trust Foundation head Graham Ayling detailed in a blog last year, there are plenty of creative ideas with the potential of taking local energy to greater heights yet. 

Community survey

Thriving or struggling? Have your say

Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales are seeking to capture the views of groups around the country with their 'State of the Sector' survey

The survey is aimed at community groups with existing energy generation or low carbon initiatives, with the aim of getting a full understanding of the nature and scale of experiences in this growing sector throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

The organisation has stressed the importance of getting a strong response, saying: 

“The findings from this survey will be crucial in influencing government policy over the next 12 months and will help to raise awareness of the importance of community energy.

“We are aware that groups receive many surveys but we ask that if you only complete one survey this year you please complete this one… Share the survey through your networks so that we capture data from as many community energy organisations as possible.”

Local generation set to grow

Just this month, energy regulator Ofgem published a discussion document on the future of local energy, suggesting that regulation will need to adapt to account for local initiatives. It's clear that giving generation closer to home a bigger role is certainly still on the agenda. 

The survey closes on Monday 20 February 2017, so if you're involved in a community project, or know someone who is, there's no better time to make sure all views are represented.

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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous magazines and journals.

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Bravo, brilliant idea

Hey Gary,

Cool post - local-based community energy is going to be a big player in gaining some momentum.

I actually read somewhere that solar grew 95% in 2016 alone. Pretty awesome!

Sweet blog! I found it while searching on Yahoo News.