Northern Powergrid and Community Energy England recently published the first in-depth analysis of community energy across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. The report forms part of Northern Powergrid’s continued commitment to supporting community energy.
Northern Powergrid understands that to deliver support for community energy, they must first understand the activity taking place already. This research brings together survey responses from 20 community energy organisations to provide an up to date understanding of the benefits, challenges, motivations and emerging opportunities for communities across the regions we serve.
The research was conducted as part of Community Energy England’s annual State of the Sector research project, focussing on England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It includes survey data from 20 community energy organisations based in our licence areas, gathered between January – March 2020. The survey, carried out by Edinburgh-based community energy consultancy Scene Connect, focussed on:
- Community energy activities throughout 2019
- Innovation in the face of changing policy
- The value of community energy
- Community motivations and challenges in 2019
- Funding and investment
- The future of the community energy sector into 2020 and beyond