Below is a list of policy documents and consultations that CEE is considering making responses to (listed in date order of responses required). Draft responses will be added to this page for member comments. If you would like to input into any of our responses, please email us.

Call for evidence to double the size of the co-operative sector

In 2017 the Labour Party manifesto pledged to double the co-operative sector. The Co-operatiave Party now wants to take this forward and has convened an 'Implementation Group' made up of members of the co-operative movement to work with both the Labour and the Co-operative Party to develop recommendations on growing the co-operative sector. 

They are asking for responses to a questionnaire, to fill it out and for more information follow this link

Deadline for responses: 9th January 2019 CEE will be submitting a response. 

Regulatory fees and levies: policy proposals for 2019/20

The FCA have published a consultation on consultation on fees. The paper sets out FCA's proposed policy changes to the way that they will raise fees from 2019/20. It is part of our annual cycle of consultation on fees. Chapter 3 relates to mutual societies. See here for Coops UK's positive response to the consultation. 

The document is open for comments, see here for more information. CEE will be making a response to this. 

Deadline for comments 14th January 2019.

Upgrading Our Energy System: Progress Update on Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan

Ofgem and BEIS have published an update on progress towards the actions set out in the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan (published July 2017), outlining forward priorities. The Plan sets out 29 actions related to:

  • Removing barriers to smart technologies, including storage
  • Enabling smart homes and business, and
  • Making markets work for flexibility.

They are seeking views on which actions should be prioritised as well as key research and innovation funding needs. Although community energy is not specifically addressed in the Progress Update (other than engaging community organisations), many of the actions will impact on and present opportunities for community energy e.g. through small-scale storage, smart meters, electric vehicles, protecting consumers, demand side response and network charging.

The Progress Update can be accessed here.

Deadline for comments: 14th January 2019. CEE will be submitting a response.

Encouraging innovation in regulated utilities

This consultation aims to build the government’s understanding of whether there are opportunities to further encourage new innovative methods and technologies in the utilities sectors to improve outcomes for consumers. It seeks views on whether there is a case for acting to further strengthen the regulatory approach to encouraging innovation and what the best ways to do this might be. The consultation can be found here.

Deadline for responses 15th January 2019CEE is considering making a response. 
If any members are submitting a response, please contact us. 

Targeted Charging Review: Minded to decision and draft impact assessment

This is a consultation on changes to the way in which we recover the costs of the networks used to transport electricity to homes, public organisations and businesses.  We want to ensure that these costs are shared fairly amongst all those who may want to use the electricity networks. 

Deadline for responses: 4th February 2019. CEE will be submitting a response. 
If any members are submitting a response, please contact us

Building a Zero Carbon Economy - Call for Evidence


On 15 October 2018 the governments of the UK, Scotland and Wales asked the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) to provide advice on the UK and Devolved Administrations’ long-term targets for greenhouse gas emissions and the UK’s transition to a net zero-carbon economy. Specifically: when the UK should reach net zero emissions of carbon dioxide and/or greenhouse gases as a contribution to global ambition under the Paris Agreement; if that target should be set now; the implications for emissions in 2050; how such reductions can be achieved; and the costs and benefits involved in comparison to existing targets. This Call for Evidence will contribute to that advice. For more information see here.

Deadline for responses 31st March 2019.