Twenty community energy and affiliated groups, including Community Energy England, Regen, Co-operative Energy and a number of impact investors from across the UK launched The Community Energy Manifesto on Monday 25 February in Westminster. The manifesto, produced by Green Alliance, calls on the government to recognise their role in meeting the UK’s aim for a low carbon energy system, to change its approach and help local energy projects to thrive and achieve their full potential, including creating new routes to market for community supplied energy.
Emma Bridge, CEO of Community Energy England said, “The Community Energy Manifesto is a clear set of asks for government, none of which cost the earth but all can help communities do their bit to reduce carbon emissions and help avert climate catastrophe.
Community energy schemes break down barriers, showing local people how renewable energy can work and benefit everyone, they're an opportunity to practically demonstrate what a green future can look like. We urge the government to respond to this manifesto and allow everyone to play their part in a decentralised and digitised energy system fit for the future.”