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.
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.”
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.