Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales proudly launched the second State of the Sector Report at the Community Energy Conference on 23rd of June 2018.
This report builds upon the landmark report first launched in 2017 which set a benchmark for annual community energy generation, energy savings and CO2 reduction projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The first report assessed data up to the end of 2016 and this report looks at data from 2017.
The Community Energy: State of the Sector Report 2018 was prepared by Scene Connect on behalf of Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales. Many thanks to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Electricity North West, Northern Powergrid and Westmill Solar Co-operative for financially supporting this year’s report.
Key findings from the report include...
2017 has been a challenging year for community energy: Only one new community organisation was constituted in 2017, with 30 fewer successful projects and 31% less generation capacity installed or acquired in comparison to 2016
The sector faces increasing risk: The impacts of subsidy and tax incentive retractions and reductions continue to be felt, with lower project margins impeding the progress of the community energy sector in 2017
The community energy sector is resilient: Whilst conditions have been difficult, there have been a number of successes in large-scale generation, increased innovation and greater collaboration throughout the sector.
Clearer strategy is needed: Communities require clearer government and local authority strategies - including early-stage funding, financing support and subsidy review - to enable community energy success and associated wider benefits.