The Community Energy Awards celebrate the achievements and efforts that individuals have made to progress their projects and the wider sector. Here we showcase the champions and winners.

Community Energy Champions

Alistair Macpherson

2016 Community Energy Champion
Since 2013 Alistair has led the development of PEC from a council initiative, into a big thinking multifaceted venture delivering targeted support to the fuel poor, and community owned alternatives to fossil fuels. With a degree in Geography from Plymouth University, Alistair has a background in biodiversity and sustainable development projects for local authorities and third sector organisations in the UK and overseas. He currently also manages the Low Carbon City Team at Plymouth City Council. Alistair sees Plymouth leading the way in the community energy revolution and is proud to be part of it. The 2016 Champion Award was sponsored by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution.

Community Energy Award Winners

2018 Award Winners

  • Community Renewable Energy Project Award: The Schools’ Energy Cooperative Ltd [see case study]
  • Community Energy & Carbon Saving Award: C.H.E.E.S.E. Domestic energy loss surveys [see case study]
  • Local Authority Award: Suffolk Climate Change Partnership [see case study]
  • Collaboration Award: Energise Barnsley [see case study]
  • Community Energy Finance Award: Mean Moor Wind Farm in partnership with Thrive Renewables [see case study]
  • Community Energy Champion: 2018 winner: Jake Burnyeat [see case study]
  • Community Energy Young Champion: Jason Blanchard - Award Sponsored by GENeco
  • Outstanding Contribution to Community Energy Award (by the suggestion of the judges): Energy4All (see case study)

2017 Award Winners

  • Community Renewable Energy Project Award Winner: Gower Power  - Award Sponsored by The Renewable Energy Association [see case study]
  • Community Renewable Energy Project Award Winner: Energy Local - Award Sponsored by The Renewable Energy Association [see case study]
  • Community Energy Saving Award Winner: South East London Community Energy [see case study]
  • Community Energy Saving Award Highly Commended Project: Carbon Co-op [see case study]
  • Local Authority Award Winner: Oldham Council [see case study]
  • Local Authority Award Highly Commended Project: Barnsley Council [see case study]
  • Collaboration Award Winner: M&S Energy Society - Award Sponsored by Northern Powergrid [see case study]
  • Community Energy Finance Award Winner: Leapfrog Finance sponsored by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks [see case study]
  • Community Energy Photo Award Winner: Westmill Wind Farm Co-operative [see shortlist and winner]

2016 Award Winners - Supported by Co-operative Energy

  • Community Energy Saving Award Winner: Brighton & Hove Energy Services Cooperative (BHESCo) [see case study]
  • Community Energy Funding Award Winner: The Naturesave Trust and Naturesave Policies Ltd [see case study]
  • Collaboration Award: Cyd Ynni [see case study
  • Local Authority Partner Award Winner: Plymouth City Council [see case study] - Award sponsored by Northern Powergrid
  • Community Energy Collaboration Award Winner: Cyd Ynni [see case study]
  • Community Renewable Energy Project Award Winner: Awel Aman Tawe [see case study- Award sponsored by Naturesave

2015 Award Winners - Sponsored by Northern Powergrid

  • Community Energy Saving Award Winner: Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative
  • Community Energy Funding Award Winner: Ethex - Award sponsored by Pure Leapfrog
  • Local Authority Partner Award Winner: Cornwall Council
  • Community Energy Innovation Award Winner: Co-operatives UK’s Peer Mentoring Programme
  • Community Energy Collaboration Award Winner: Saddleworth Community Hydro
  • Community Heat Project Award Winner: Camelford Leisure Centre
  • Community Power Project Award Winner: Chase Community Solar - Award sponsored by Stephens Scown

2014 Award Winners - This event not organised by Community Energy England, but winners are listed by popular demand

  • Campaigner of the Year Award - Colin Baines
  • Community Energy Organisation of the Year - Bath and West Community Energy
  • Energy Management Project of the Year - Viridis
  • Funder of the Year - Trillion Fund
  • Green Energy Champion - Mike Ford
  • Leader of the Year Award - Pete Capener
  • Local Authority of the Year Award - Oxford City Council
  • Start-Up of the Year Award - Whalley Community Hydro
  • Volunteer of the Year Award - Barbara Hanson