Storm clouds but silver linings characterise CEF19
This weekend marked the end of the Community Energy Fortnight (CEF19). Since the launch at Sheffield on 22 June, which coincided with the publication of Community Energy England’s (CEE) third State of the Sector report, there have been many highs, reflecting the energy and enthusiasm of community groups across the country. But 2018 was the toughest year yet for the sector, reflecting an unsupportive political and regulatory environment and this has undoubtedly cast a shadow over events.
Nevertheless, in this blog piece Nigel Cornwall looks back at CEF19, introduces his new Smarter Norwich project and explains why he believes the outlook for community energy remains positive.