CSE is an independent national charity that was initiated in 1979. Our vision is a world where sustainability is second nature, carbon emissions have been cut to safe levels and fuel poverty has been replaced by energy justice. Our mission is to share our knowledge and practical experience to empower people to change the way they think and act about energy.
We do this by giving advice, managing innovative energy projects, training and supporting others to act, and undertaking research and policy analysis. At any one time we have around 60 different and separately-funded projects underway. All of these are helping people and communities to meet real needs for both environmentally sound and affordable energy services.
Our Local and Community Empowerment team supports local groups and organisatiopns who want a more sustainable energy future for their area. The groups we support range widely in their interests, objectives and capacity, but in all cases we aim to respond to their needs and agendas whilst helping them to deliver more effective local sustainable energy solutions.
For more information about our community energy work, visit www.cse.org.uk/communities and check out some of our projects and resources on this site.
Our support and activity includes:
- training webinars, face to face training for volunteers and community energy advisers, and a range of downloadable presentations, workshops and exercices for self-led training
- advice and guidance on all aspects of developing local projects such as help wirh identifying sources of funding and finance; working with volunteers; mitigating risk; consulting the community; carrying out energy audits; running local events
- support and advice on energy saving and small-scale renewable energy projects (including detailed feasibility studies)
- resources which have been tried and tested via CSE's own energy projects, as well as various datasets and other materials to support energy projects
- a monthly community energy newsletter which includes a round-up of funding opportunities for community groups, case studies, new initiatives and other useful stories
- running regular forums on community energy, and putting groups in touch with one another so that they can share their expertise and learn from one another's experiences
- a range of resources and eye-catching models available for hire for your own community events
- a series of advice leaflets covering all aspects of domestic energy use