• Formed from the input of a wide range of sector practitioners
  • Defines and explains community energy
  • Showcases the sector's ambitions to 2030
  • Highlights the diverse and meaningful benefits of community energy
  • Articulates how community energy can shape a decentralised, decarbonised and democratic future energy system
  • Is accessible and free to use, with many companion graphics and slides

Download the Community Energy 2030 Vision

Download the summary image

The Community Energy 2030 Vision will showcase the sector's ambitions and help to provide a strong foundation and unified voice for the sector, while also helping illuminate what community energy is and the diverse and meaninful benefits it brings.

Since 2012, the community energy sector has grown (impressively considering the odds) whilst being flexible and adaptable - responding to a range of different energy-related needs. Now is a crucial time for the sector as it moves towards a new era and tries to gather strength and move forward out of the Covid-19 crisis, playing an important role in building back better and achieving a just transition for the energy sector and society more broadly.

To create the 2030 Vision, we conducted with three stages of consultation (an event at our summer conference, a roundtable of key practitioners, a successful consultation which had 48 respondents) and gathered informal input through many conversations with practitioners and stakeholders.

We used these different processes to gather perspectives, experiences and plans from as wide a range of sector practitioners as possible, which we have incorporated into a fresh, accessible and highly visual document that can be used by as wide a variety of stakeholders as possible (MPs to community groups, energy network operators to personal investors in community energy) to help them understand what community energy is, what makes it different and how it can shape the future energy system.

We want the 2030 Vision to be used as widely as possible so the document is available to download here along with individual pages, social media graphics and a summary presentation slide - we actively encourage you to take key sections, illustrations or pages and use for your own purposes. 

Download the social media graphics

Download the pages individually

Download the summary image as a PowerPoint slide

We are grateful to our funders Power to Change and Friends Provident Foundation for additional financial support to help create the 2030 Vision.

The graphics and layout were produced by Jolt Studio.

The data and projections used in the 2030 Vision were taken from the The Future of Community Energy’, commissioned by SP Energy Networks from the independent research consultancy WPI Economics.