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

Nick Rouse 

Community Energy Young Champion

Nadia Smith 

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.

Community Energy & Carbon Saving Award - The community group which has undertaken the most inspiring energy conservation and/or management project

Environmental Impact Award - New award for 2019. The project which has produced the most outstanding environmental improvement within their community.

Collaboration Award - sponsored by Power to Change - The most commendable collaboration between community and commercial / public / third sector partners

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.

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.

The Judging Panel was comprised of:

  • Patrick Allcorn
  • Sonya Bedford
  • Jake Burnyeat
  • Josh Brown
  • Leonie Cooper
  • Rhys Wyn Jones
  • Kathy Smyth

Previous winners

  • Community Renewable Energy Project Award

2018 winner: The Schools’ Energy Cooperative Ltd [see case study]

2017 Winner: Gower Power  [see case study] 
Commendation: Energy Local [see case study]

2016 winner: Awel Aman Tawe [see case study]
Commendation: Ynni Anafon Energy

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]

2017 winner: South East London Community Energy [see case study]
Commendation: Carbon Co-op [see case study]

2016 winner: Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative [see case study]

2015 winner: Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative

  • Local Authority Award

2018 winner: Suffolk Climate Change Partnership [see case study]

2017 winner: Oldham Council [see case study]
Commendation: Energise Barnsley - Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council [see case study]

2016 winner: Plymouth City Council [see case study]

2015 winner: Cornwall Council

  • Collaboration Award 

2018 winner: Energise Barnsley [see case study]

2017 winner: M&S Energy Society [see case study]

2016 winner:  Cyd Ynni [see case study]

2015 winner: Saddleworth Community Hydro

  • Community Energy Finance Award 

2018 winner: Mean Moor Wind Farm in partnership with Thrive Renewables [see case study]

2017 winner: Leapfrog Finance [see case study]

2016 winner: The Naturesave Trust and Naturesave Policies Ltd [see case study]

2015 winner: Ethex

  • Community Energy Champion

2018 winner: Jake Burnyeat [see case study]

2017 winner: Sonya Bedford [see case study]

2016 winner: Alistair Macpherson [see case study]

2015 winner: Jon Hallé and Adam Twine

  • Community Energy Young Champion

2018 winner: Jason Blanchard

  • Outstanding Contribution to Community Energy Award  

2018 winner (by the suggestion of the judges): Energy4All (see case study)