The National Energy Foundation has been working with communities for twenty years and was delighted to be able to support the development of DECC's Community Energy Strategy by providing a response to its call for evidence from those with an interest in community energy.
In consultation with Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), we undertook a number of small projects to support the initial development and data gathering, and encouraged communities across the UK to respond to the department's call for evidence.
We undertook a series of investigations with local authority planning teams to gauge their response to community energy applications.
As providers of secretariat services to the Green Deal Providers Group, we were also ideally placed to investigate Green Deal providers' attitudes to working with community groups, particularly around the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal.
We undertook a final investigative piece of work directly with community groups. We held workshops, telephone conferences and one-to-one meetings to garner feedback from communities on their responses to the call for evidence. These focussed on barriers, funding, support and evaluation.
We also provided advice and information directly to DECC on other issues which impact community energy, including bulk purchase, tender agreements and procurement, awareness-raising initiatives, smart metering, evaluation and monitoring, mentoring and carbon footprinting, amongst others.
Our report was compiled following discussions with community groups across the UK. It provides detailed opinion from community groups regarding a number of issues which were highlighted as particularly pertinent to them.
The community groups involved varied from those undertaking projects with an energy efficiency focus, through those involved in awareness raising, behaviour change and demand management to those active in community energy generation.
View our report here.