This is a 2015 update to the first ever Community Energy Strategy in 2014 published by a UK government. It sets out how the Government has begun a rolling programme of action to address the barriers to community energy deployment, and has introduced new policies and programmes as well as improving existing ones. The government is helping to create the right conditions for community energy to grow by providing a secure foundation, a clear pathway to success, and fostering innovation.
Community energy covers many different types of community getting involved in different ways to help meet the UK’s energy challenges. The Community Energy Strategy set out how communities are already coming together to change the way we think and act on energy.
The implementation of the Strategy will help underpin the diversification of the current centralised energy system to a much more distributed approach, whereby local people have more control of and a stake in how energy is generated and supplied, and how their community’s energy demand can be managed and reduced.