Current research projects

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.

Community approaches to energy saving and decarbonisation have been studied widely throughout the UK energy sector, yet little focus has been turned to the knowledge sharing aspect of this community interaction. The aim of this study is to examine the nature of knowledge shared been energy consumers within UK communities. This will be achieved by a) assessing potential barriers to knowledge sharing within communities b) exploring the potential strategies for knowledge sharing in communities and c) assessing whether, how and why these strategies are effective.

 As part of this research, I am looking to conduct a number of short 40 minute interviews with community energy group members to explore this knowledge sharing process in more detail. The contributions of this project will involve answers to all of the above questions, as well as a community energy specific framework that outlines the knowledge transfer process. 

 PLease email for more info. 

My name is Susana Soeiro and currently I am a PhD student in Business and Economics of the University of Aveiro - Portugal. My PhD thesis focus in renewable energy cooperatives and/or renewable energy communities across Europe. A lot of research has been conducted on other cooperatives, but just little on renewable energy cooperatives. With this survey I intend to better understanding of what renewable energy communities are, the main characteristics, the motivations that lead a person to participate in a renewable energy community and the performance in several European countries, as well as the real benefits and challenges. The survey may be filled in here. If you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Energy Local Club are looking for people to partake in their survey exploring the energy needs of households across the country. They are investigating how able or willing are households to shift their energy use to different times of the day to match generation and or cheaper electric prices. This is part of their government-funded energy demand management project

The Powershifts project is currently investigating the impact that decentralisation of energy is having on political decision-making. To find out more about this research follow this link. The project is run with support through an EU Horizon2020 Marie Curie Fellowship, the University of Sussex, and Utrecht University.

This research by by Jack Wilkinson-Dix hopes to explore how the co-benefits and motivations of projects are realised. It seeks to determine whether this differs according to the specific context in which groups operate in, be this related to geography, socio-economic circumstance, origins and structures of the group in question, or the particular barriers groups must overcome.

My name is Abhijeet Acharya; I am currently a doctoral candidate in Energy Management at Walden University USA. I am researching successful business model innovation strategies that business leaders of community energy organizations in the UK employ to create values in their business. 

In the last decade, the community energy in the UK has emerged as a new form of the democratically governed renewable energy system, also delivered social, economic, and environmental values to communities. In spite of the lack of suitable policy support, funding and withdrawal of FITs, the community energy outlook remain positive, and business leaders are willing to explore new strategies for business model innovations. Such complex business configuration has motivated me to take up this research. As a researcher, I would like to invite project managers, innovation managers, or business development managers from community energy organizations in the UK to participate in this research, I am looking at organizations having implemented innovative business models in the last five years in any one of following areas a) demand-side energy services, b) shared ownership models with private developers or c) new ventures or partnership with technology provider such as EVs.

As part of the study, I plan to conduct face-to-face interviews with interested managers in Oct / Nov 2019 at their workplace in the UK, each interview will last for 40 to 50 minutes and will include about six questions. Interview questions will target successful strategies in creating innovative business models in community energy. As a researcher, I will ensure all aspects of the research process are explained and clarified to each interview participants before obtaining their consent. In case anybody willing to participate in this study please contact me at

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