Community Energy Research and Reports

This page hosts links to research and evidence about community energy categorised by year. 

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Community Energy 2.0 Report and Community Energy Manifesto - produced by Green Alliance, calls on the government to recognise their role in meeting the UK’s aim for a low carbon energy system, to change its approach and help local energy projects to thrive and achieve their full potential, including creating new routes to market for community supplied energy. Twenty community energy and affiliated groups, including Community Energy England, Regen, Co-operative Energy and a number of impact investors from across the UK launched The Community Energy Manifesto on Monday 25 February in Westminster alongside the Community Energy 2.0 report (see the link below). 


Community Energy in the UKProduced by Green House Think Tank. It tells the story of people in the UK who have attempted to gain ownership of the bits of their energy system available to them – to meet the challenge posed by climate change – and to help people struggling with the cost of the energy needed to keep themselves warm and healthy.



Community energy - The way forward - Fascinating and inspiring conversations with over 30 leading community energy groups about the future of  UK community energy, produced by 10:10


Community Energy: Generating More than Renewable Energyproduced by Community Energy England looking at the additional economic, social and environmental benefits of community energy projects. 

Local energy in an age of austerityNesta have produced a paper that discusses local and community-based approaches to energy and the role of Councils in particular.


UK's Community Energy Strategy was launched in January 2014. The strategy itself contains useful evidence and projections on the potential impact of community energy and a number of other reports were produced to inform the strategy. These documents are available at this link to Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Community Energy Strategy web page. The research papers available on the site include:

DECC also conducts regular research into public attitudes around energy issues. The June 2015 survey includes information on attitudes to energy efficiency and a range of different generation technologies as well as responses to the following statement: "Renewable energy developments should provide direct benefit to the communities in which they are located". The results are included in the DECC public attitudes tracking survey.


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