State of the Sector 2021 survey now open!

We are delighted to announce that the 2021 State of the Sector survey is now open. We invite community organisations from across the UK, who are working on low carbon energy projects, to respond by 21 April.

Click here to respond to the survey.

State of the Sector is the most comprehensive dataset about the community energy sector. This year there are some exciting changes to the survey and resulting reports. Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales are working with Community Energy Scotland to open up the survey to include Scottish groups to ensure that an even more robust UK-wide evidence base is provided for why policy makers and other stakeholders should support and engage with community energy. There will be a standalone Welsh state of the sector report, funded by the Welsh Government, to explore in more detail community energy activity in Wales. We are also working with Electricity North West to produce a focused report for their distribution network area.

Previous reports have been used by local and national government, network operators, MPs, campaigning and environmental organisations, and many other organisations within the sector itself. The data underpins the work of Community Energy England, Scotland and Wales to support the sector and lobby for more supportive policies. We need your input to continue this impact. Responses you provide this year will be added to previous years’ data to form a comprehensive picture of the progress and impact of the incredible work happening across the community energy sector. This will allow the State of the Sector Report to once again educate and influence policy makers and sector stakeholders.

This year we are delighted to have chosen Regen to conduct the survey and analyse the data, so some communications will come from Regen and they will answer questions about the survey if you get stuck.

Community Energy England, Wales and Scotland are very grateful for all responses and the time you give to complete the survey. We look forward to sharing the report with you once we have gathered and processed all the data.

2020 State of the Sector Report

In June 2020, Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales published the Community Energy: State of the Sector 2020 Report. As with all three previous reports, we are hugely grateful for all the community energy organisations and practitioners who took the time to provide us with data about their activity.

You can download the 2020 Report and accompanying documents below, and view the 2019 Report and other Community Energy England publications here.