Operating a community energy organisation

Once a community energy group has been formed (see starting up a group/organisation, inc. structure & registration) it is important to get additional people involved and potentially seek partnerships with local authorities and local business. The support from these groups can be vital to a project's success.

Behaviour change is an important part of getting people involved. Understanding individual and group motivations and drivers is essential for developing strategies to encourage participation. Useful information on the EVALOC project has been made available which includes content on behaviour change activity through community projects. This was a collaboration between researchers from the Low Carbon Building Group at Oxford Brookes University and the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford. Several toolkits are available to help groups wanting to try the peer support group approach to sustainable behaviour change:

  • Manorhouse PACT works with EcoActive to support groups in London through its Closer Neighbours initiative.
  • The South West Diocese of the Church of England has produced Carbon Fast 40 day challenge resources to support churches wanting to engage their congregations on climate change action.
  • Transition Town Totnes has developed a 'Transition Streets' approach to peer group support on behaviour change