Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales teamed up again to deliver the 2019 Community Energy Awards. The ceremony took place on the evening of 18 October at City Hall, London at 6pm.
The Community Energy Awards headline sponsors were Co-op Energy and Greater London Authority. Thrive Renewables sponsored the drinks reception.
The keynote speaker was Andrew Sims, author, political economist and campaigner. He is co-director of the NewWeather Institute, coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, assistant director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a research associate at the University of Sussex, and a fellow of the New Economics Foundation. Andrew devised ‘Earth Overshoot Day,’ marking when in the year we start living beyond our ecological means, and coined the term ‘Clone Towns’ describing the homogenisation of high streets caused by chain stores. He gave an impassioned presentation on the need for a rapid transition and asked why as a society we currently fail to quickly create change at scale?
The Awards were preceded by a half-day conference looking at some of the most innovative projects in the country and how replicable these projects could be. The event will feature an "open space" for extensive conversations.
Shortlisted entries and winners
Community Energy Champion
Community Energy Young Champion
Community Renewable Energy Project Award - The most outstanding renewable electricity generation project undertaken by a community group. Organisations nominated for this award must be members of Community Energy England or Community Energy Wales.
- Egni Coop
- North Kensington Community Energy - winner
- Ynni Ogwen
Community Energy & Carbon Saving Award - The community group which has undertaken the most inspiring energy conservation and/or management project
- Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative - winner
- Carbon Co-op and URBED - People Powered Retrofit – highly commended
- CREW Energy
Environmental Impact Award - New award for 2019. The project which has produced the most outstanding environmental improvement within their community.
- Energy Garden
- Green Wedmore
- Naturesave - winner
Collaboration Award - sponsored by Power to Change - The most commendable collaboration between community and commercial / public / third sector partners
- Thrive Renewables
- Riding Sunbeams - winner
Community Energy Finance Award -The community group and/or its funders and advisers, which have achieved the most impact through a range of financial instruments/mechanisms, through grant funding, debt finance, community shares, funding platforms or new funding models.
- Electricity North West
- Friends Provident Foundation - highly commended
- Power to Change - winner
- UK Power Networks
Local Authority Award - sponsored by Power Paired - The Local Authority which has done most to help local community energy organisations through partnering, investing, policy or other support
Social Impact Award - New award for 2019. The community organisation who has used energy as a mechanism to make the widest-reaching improvement of lives in their community.
- Repowering London
- Low Carbon Hub
- South East London Community Energy - winner
The Judging Panel was comprised of:
- Patrick Allcorn
- Sonya Bedford
- Jake Burnyeat
- Josh Brown
- Leonie Cooper
- Rhys Wyn Jones
- Kathy Smyth
- Community Renewable Energy Project Award
2015 winner: Chase Community Solar
- Community Energy & Carbon Saving Award
2018 winner: C.H.E.E.S.E. Domestic energy loss surveys [see case study]
2015 winner: Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative
- Local Authority Award
2017 winner: Oldham Council [see case study]
Commendation: Energise Barnsley - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council [see case study]
2015 winner: Cornwall Council
- Collaboration Award
2015 winner: Saddleworth Community Hydro
- Community Energy Finance Award
2015 winner: Ethex
- Community Energy Champion
2015 winner: Jon Hallé and Adam Twine
- Community Energy Young Champion
2018 winner: Jason Blanchard
- Outstanding Contribution to Community Energy Award