Definition, impact and sector potential

Community energy is about people and communities taking democratic control over their energy future, by understanding, generating, using, owning and saving energy in their communities, as well as working together across regions and nationally.

Snapshot of the sector 

The sector is ever growing, and includes a diverse range of projects, people and directions of work and activity. For a good introduction and summary on the diversity, size and benefits of the sector, we recommend starting with the latest State of the Sector Report. Key highlights from our 2022 State of the Sector Report include:

  • 217,489 people engaged in the sector 
  • £3.35m saved on energy bills from the latest activities in efficiency & fuel poverty 
  • 143,000 tCO2e saved in one year of work done by communities 

Other great starter resources include:

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