A study of community energy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland:
Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales are proud to launch the first State of the Sector Survey. This landmark report has collected a vast amount of data on community energy generation, energy savings and CO2 reduction projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The report presents the findings from a study undertaken on behalf of Community Energy England (CEE). The study represents the most in-depth survey undertaken to date of community energy activities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
• Community energy is widespread: 222 community energy organisations throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland involved in 269 distinct energy activities.
• Community energy is significant: organisations own 121 MW of energy capacity, which has generated 265 GWh of energy since 2002. A further 74 organisations are actively providing energy efficiency interventions in their communities.
• Community energy organisations are economically effective: organisations have leveraged over £190m in project finance from £1.9m of project development funding.
• Community energy projects are beneficial: £680,000 income for community benefit funds has been generated in the last 12 months for local economic, social and environmental benefit.
• The sector is at risk: unprecedented reductions and early retractions of subsidies and tax incentives are negatively impacting on the viability, and subsequent success, of projects throughout the community energy sector.
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