Local Energy in an Age of Austerity

Local energy creates economic, social and environmental benefits, but how can councils drive the green agenda in the face of austerity and current policy?

Local approaches to energy have created a wide range of opportunities and unexpected economic, social and environmental benefits. Bringing energy under local governance has helped strengthen local resilience, promoted economic growth and social cohesion, delivered energy security, and improved health by tackling fuel poverty. But with further cuts to funding and uncertainty over the future of green policies, it will be increasingly difficult for local authorities to benefit from these opportunities.

This paper looks at how working more closely with community energy groups, and building public, private and community partnerships, could help councils continue their green agendas. These initiatives offer insights into how a future energy system could create opportunities that go beyond energy, putting people, communities and local resilience at its heart.

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