Here is a record of the policy responses we have submitted and our position on subjects that are receiving the attention of legislators.
CEE has recommended that community energy receive 100% business rate relief set by central government. And that the business rate system should promote the achievement of net-zero and energy efficient buildings.
The section on Plant and Machinery valuation, which caused huge rate hikes for rooftop solar, is due on 31 October. Our draft response is accessible via our Current consultations page. Government is looking for concrete evidence that the current regime is deterring investment in onsite renewables in order to change the policy. If you have that evidence please add it to our response.
Community Energy England, Community Energy Wales and Community Energy Scotland collaborated with assistance from Local Energy Scotland and many members, in collating information on the needs of community energy projects still endangered by Covid-19 impacts despite the extension of the deadline to 30 September. We also collated community hydro responses to BEIS's proposal to extend their FiT deadline by 12 months.View Document
The BEIS select committee 'My BEIS inquiry' asked for input on the issues they should scrutinise from which they would select 12 to make a pitch to the committee for which should be prioritised. CEE's submission was not taken forward but they emphasis that all submissions will feed into their work. In the 200 pitches community energy was mentioned 82 times. They can be read and the pitches watched via the BEIS select committee pages on the parliament.uk website.View Document
CEE's response to the Policy Forum is here: https://www.policyforum.labour.org.uk/commissions/people-and-communities-at-the-centre. You can vote for it if you agree. Emma also attended a roundtable with Ed Miliband and the other shadow BEIS ministers.Visit Site