Independent research and evidence
This pages hosts links to independent evidence and research on the impact and potential of community energy.
Current research projects seeking participation
Here we list research projects being conducted by students and professionals who are looking for participants or input.
Jo is currently researching for her PhD which is investigating the role of social enterprise across the community energy sector in the UK. After some initial interviews with community energy groups earlier in the year it became apparent that there were some common issues that community groups faced. However, as this study was limited to the North West of England the next stage of the research is to invite participants from across the UK to complete a short 5 to 10 minute questionnaire to generate further data. It is the overall aim of the project that this data can be utilised to make some meaningful impact within the sector going forward. If you’d like to discuss this research further or take part in the study by completing the questionnaire please contact Jo Hillman directly on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jordan Megee is conducting research into community level micro-generation projects in order to identify the barriers and opportunities to implementation, and the implications. In addition, to building an understanding of the current impact of the reduction of FiT and potential future impacts. The focuses on small scale wind power. If willing to participate in a 20-30 minute phone call, please email email@example.com
To have your research project listed here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bristol Energy Cooperative and the Centre for Sustainable energy have launched the 2017 Bristol Sustainable Energy Research Fund. Applications from experienced researchers interested in investigating or evaluating the relationship between people and energy in the South West of England are welcomed until January 31, 2018.
WREN link to some great research they have been involved in with various universities.
In 2016, 10:10 produced an insightful report Community energy - The way forward
2015 saw Community Energy England Produce their report Community Energy: Generating More than Renewable Energy
NESTA have produced a paper that discusses local and community-based approaches to energy and the role of Councils in particular, called Local energy in an age of austerity
Case studies of successful approaches to community energy are available at the Community Pathways website
Respublica have produced a report on Creating Local Energy Economies: Lessons from Germany
In 2013 Respublica produced a report on The Community Renewables Economy