To help DECC design and deliver with communities in mind. It is an informal advisory body in which individuals share views and help examine issues and policies.
Remit of the Community Energy Contact Group
This group’s remit is to help DECC design and deliver with communities in mind. It is an informal advisory body in which individuals share views and help examine issues and policies.
The Coalition aims to put communities back at the heart of decision-making. The Localism Act 2010-12 has given communities significantly more powers in local planning decisions and the right to own assets.
With key policies on Green Deal, Renewable Energy and Fuel Poverty all being delivered against an electricity market reform being taken forward now, there are significant opportunities for communities. DECC Minister Greg Barker asked for a group to be set up to help the Coalition ensure that community has an opportunity to play a significant role in the transformation of the UK energy systems.
The CECG gives input into specific policy development, to help identify barriers and solutions for the community-led development on energy.
Please note that members do not lobby for specific or personal projects and cannot lobby on behalf of others.
Members of the Community Energy Contact Group
- Peter Capener, (Acting Interim Chair) Bath and West Community Energy, Community Energy Practitioners’ Forum
- Emma Bridge, Community Energy England
- Garry Charnock, Ashton Hayes, Cheshire
- Will Dawson Community Energy Coalition
- Nicholas Gubbins, Community Energy Scotland
- Barbara Hammond, Low Carbon Hub
- Dan McCallum Awel Aman Tawe
- Agamemnon Otero Brixton Energy, Repowering London
- Simon Sjenitzer, Eden Valley, Cumbria
Records of meetings
Previous minutes are available on the National Archives website
Terms of reference
- To support the implementation of the Community Energy Strategy, through providing expert advice and informed challenge on detailed policy design and implementation.
- To offer community perspectives on wider policy development in DECC where appropriate, including supporting policy implementation and advising on how new policies might impact communities.
Meetings and travel
There will be a minimum of 4 meetings a year between the CECG and the Community Energy Unit in DECC. The normal location of these meetings will be at DECC offices in London. While members and the chair will be unremunerated, travel expenses (mileage at the standard rate or second class rail travel) will be payable.
The CECG should remain representative of those involved in community energy in the UK. To do this, members will be agreed between the CECG and DECC and appointed for a 4 year term, with the possibility of extension by mutual agreement.
The Chair of the CECG shall serve no more than 3 years.
There will be no more than 12 members of the CECG at any one time.
Members of the CECG will be appointed with the aim of ensuring that the full breadth of community energy activities are represented in their experience, including electricity and heat generation, energy reduction, energy management and collective switching and purchasing.
One seat on the CECG will be held by a member of the Community Energy Coalition, as nominated by that group.
Consumer group organisations will be invited to attend CECG meetings on an ad hoc basis to input on specific agenda items that may benefit by representation of consumers more widely.