Community Energy Awards 2022

20/01/2023 6pm - 10pm
City Hall, Kamal Chunchie Way, London, E16 1ZE

Due to the RMT moving the date of the next London Underground strike to 10 November, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Community Energy Awards 2022. Unfortunately it simply will not be possible for all attendees to get to and from the event venue.

The rescheduled date and details for the awards can be found below:

What happens to my booking? 

If you have booked to attend the awards your tickets will be carried over to the new date. If you cannot attend the new date and would like to cancel your booking, please email us and you will be reimbursed for any ticket cost you have incurred. 

If you are also signed up to the autumn conference event, this is still taking place on 10 November but it will be held virtually on Zoom. We will be in touch with further details on how you can join the event very soon. 

The CEE team and I would like to say sorry for the impact of this change on you - we share your disappointment and frustration. We are grateful for your support for the Awards and we hope you will be able to join us in January as we celebrate the determined, impactful and inspiring community energy sector.

Book your ticket here.

Bookings for the awards ceremony are now open - Awards ceremony tickets are free of charge for CEE members and/or shortlisted finalists, but we ask for you to make a small voluntary donation, if you are able to.  Non-members are welcome to attend the awards ceremony but will be charged. If you join us as a member within 30 days of booking your ticket, you'll get your ticket price refunded from your initial membership fee!

Nominations are now closed for this year's awards. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to make a nomination, on behalf of their organisation. A huge thank you to all of our judges for their time and effort.

  • Leonie Cooper - Judging Panel Chair
  • Kate Gilmartin - CE Investment Lead, North West Net Zero Hub
  • Will Walker - Climate Action Manager, Power to Change
  • Prina Sumaria - Local Energy Coorinator, Regen
  • Louise Hosegood - Project Manager, South West Net Zero Energy Hub
  • Connie Muir - Founder and Director, Croydon Community Energy
  • Michaela Cryar - Head of Younity
  • Jonathan Atkinson - Co-Founder, Carbon Co-op
  • Helen Seagrave - Interim Chair, Community Energy England and Community Energy Manager, Electricity North West
  • Mary Gillie - Founder of Energy Local and CEE Board Member
  • Katherine Linsley - Coordinator, Community Energy London
  • Victoria Mackay - Project Operations Manager, Community Energy Scotland
  • Avi Aithal - Head of Open Networks, Energy Networks Association

The shortlisted finalists for 2022 are:

You can read the case studies for all of our shortlisted finalists here

Community Energy Champion (Individual)

The Community Energy Champion of the Year Award rewards one exceptional individual or team, in England, that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the community energy sector or driven/delivered a particularly significant impact or success. This award recognises the efforts of that individual or team and seeks to thank them for their service to their local community.

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Rachel Moffat, Bristol Energy Network
  • Kate Gilmartin, NW Net Zero Hub

Community Energy Champion (Team)

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Community Energy London
  • Exeter Community Energy
  • Northern Powergrid

Community Energy Organisation of the Year

This award is to recognise one community energy organisation that has demonstrated a sustained commitment to organisational development and organisational effectiveness within their own operating model. 

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Community Energy South
  • Exeter Community Energy
  • Low Carbon Hub

Community Engagement and Inclusion Award

The Community Engagement and Inclusion Award is to recognise a community energy organisation with a long-term community engagement commitment that is inclusive, measurable, relevant and sustainable. 

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Art and Energy Collective and Plymouth Energy Community
  • CREW Energy
  • Repowering London

Finance and Innovation Award

For this award we welcome nominations from community energy organisations or funders that have achieved significant impact in community energy through a range of financial mechanisms, including: grant funding, debt finance, community shares, funding platforms or new funding models. 

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Thrive Renewables and Bristol & Bath Regional Capital
  • Younity
  • Lendology

Fuel Poverty Action Award

The Fuel Poverty Action award rewards a community energy organisation that is actively engaged in addressing the issue of fuel poverty and/or energy efficiency in England.

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Energise Sussex Coast
  • Exeter Community Energy
  • CAfS

Local Authority Collaboration Award

For this award we welcome nominations from community energy organisations or local authorities who are working together to help community energy through partnering, investing, policy or other support. 

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Grimsby Community Energy
  • Community Energy South (Pathways Programme)
  • UK Power Networks

Scaling Up Community Energy Award 

This award will recognise one community energy organisation that has expanded rapidly, created new projects and/or services to its community. We will be championing one community energy organisation that has made notable progress driving the expansion of their work and achieved particularly significant growth in their projects and/or services in 2019-2022, thereby making an important contribution to growth and/ or viability of the sector. This could be through development and deployment of one or more new business models or successfully scaling up a proven community energy business model. 

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Egni Co-op
  • Younity
  • Community Energy South (Pathways Programme)

Social and Environmental Impact Award - sponsored by Naturesave Insurance

This award recognises a community energy project which has produced the most outstanding environmental improvement and/or social impact within their community.

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Exeter Community Energy
  • Energise Barnsley

Youth Energy Award

The Youth Energy award is to recognise the outstanding work that one individual young person has done to make an impact on a community energy project, or celebrate what a community energy organisation is going to engage young people in the sector. This award has been updated for 2022 to reflect the increasing number of creative, organised and motivated young people that are getting involved in community energy. 

Shortlisted Finalists:

  • Energy Heroes
  • CREW Energy
  • Jessica Dunning, Community Energy London

Photo and Multimedia of the Year Award

Over the past few months we have been on the hunt for images that capture the essence of community energy and have been used to support or promote a community energy project. We wanted to find photos that feature people; community energy relies on people coming together with a shared goal of helping the environment and the community. We have received some wonderful nominations and we have narrowed this down to six excellent photos. 

Shortlisted finalists:

  • Low Carbon Hub
  • Repowering London
  • Plymouth Energy Community
  • Solar for Schools

Book your ticket here.

Sponsoring the awards

The Community Energy Awards are kindly supported by Younity and the Cooperative Party. The awards are an excellent opportunity for demonstrating support for the sector and highlighting what your organisation can offer by sponsoring the event - please download our sponsorship pack here for more details. If sponsoring the awards is of interest to you please get in touch with Kim Woodcock