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News: Community Energy
Community Energy - State of the Sector research 2019
This year’s Community Energy - State of the Sector research is currently underway with their online survey live until Friday 22nd February. If you are a member of a community energy organisation, please visit Community Energy England’s website and complete the survey.
8 Jan 2019
Applications for the 2018 Energy Impact Awards are now open
NEA and British Gas have launched this year's award scheme with three prizes of £5,000 recognising and rewarding innovation and best practice in energy projects tackling fuel poverty.
8 May 2018
Seven new energy schemes awarded funding by Northern Powergrid
Seven local groups have been awarded a share of a £50,000 Northern Powergrid funding pot aimed at enabling new energy schemes to flourish in local communities.
25 Jan 2016
This year’s Community Energy – State of the Sector research survey is now live!
Building on research carried out the January 2017, Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales are working to understand the community energy sector throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
19 Jan 2018
Community Energy England: State of the Sector Report published
The first Community Energy: State of the Sector report was launched last month. The report explores all aspects of the sector, including how much community energy organisations contribute to England and Wales' energy supply, trends, barriers and much more.
18 Jul 2017
The M&S Community Energy Fund is back!
The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund is back, this time with £300,000 to support renewable energy projects and technologies across the UK. Last time around money was granted to inspiring organisations, shortlisted from hundreds of entries, that brought the benefits of energy initiatives to their communities. In the end almost 80,000 votes were cast and the top 25 groups received the funding, including the seven judges' prize winners. Could it be you this year?
9 May 2017
Community Energy: State of the Sector Survey
Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales have launched the first State of the Sector Survey. This survey aims to collect data on community energy generation, energy savings and CO2 reduction projects in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They need to be able to back up the work they do nationally with hard data, so the more responses they receive, the stronger their position will be when representing the sector.
26 Jan 2017
Community Energy Fortnight 2017 - Dates Announced
After a successful Community Energy Fortnight (CEF) in 2016, it has been announced that 2017 will mark another year of collaboration between Community Energy England and Forum for The
20 Dec 2016
Northern Powergrid is calling for applications to its Community Energy Seed Fund
The fund, now in its third year, is open for applications until 6th February 2017 , from community groups within the Northern Powergrid operating area.
14 Dec 2016
M&S Energy Community Energy Fund - Voting is open
The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund offers grants for community groups around Great Britain who are looking to install renewable technology or energy efficiency measures. They are giving away up to £350,000 this year with each project looking for funding up to £12,500. It is a public vote to decide which projects receive the funding, so support our local community energy projects by voting now.
14 Sep 2016
Community Energy events in the North East for Community Energy Fortnight
Community Energy Coalition have launched the fourth annual Community Energy Fortnight, with events taking place across the UK, with four events planned in the North East.
18 Aug 2016
Community Energy Awards 2016 - open for nominations
Community Energy England have announced nominations are now open for the 2016 Community Energy Awards. Nominations are made using a simple form, which only takes a few minutes to let them know who you think deserves to win one of the following categories: Community Energy Saving Project – The community group which has undertaken the most inspiring energy conservation and/or management project
2 Jun 2016
Big Energy Saving programme applications open for 2016/17
Applications are now being taken for the Big Energy Saving programme 2016/17 from third sector organisations and community groups across the UK. Following the success of the first three years of the Big Energy Saving Network, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) is pleased to launch the application process for grant funding of the 2016/17 programme. The Big Energy Saving Network delivers an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs and consumption.
31 May 2016
Fund opens to encourage use of smart meters
A new fund launches today, open to applications from not-for-profit organisations who can help engage people and communities across Britain with information about how to get and use smart meters.
25 May 2016
EOI for community energy projects in North East LEP area for ERDF bid
Groundwork North East & Cumbria is working in partnership with the North East Community Energy steering group to look to develop an outline ERDF bid for the end of May. If successful at this stage a second stage bid would go in September with a three year programme of activity starting from early 2017 onwards. They are looking at a bid that would provide support to local groups/organisations to develop business models and provide capacity to then enable these groups to implement renewable energy technologies that are classed by ERDF as innovative.
17 Mar 2016
Social Value of Community Energy report published by Northern Powergrid
A new report, commissioned by electricity distributor Northern Powergrid, has helped identify some of the real benefits Community Energy projects can bring to people and communities beyond financial savings and local investment. The research, independently authored by Explain, took an in-depth look at eight projects supported by Northern Powergrid’s Community Energy Seed Fund to explore the environmental and social benefits.
8 Mar 2016
Green Alliance Declaration for Clean Energy for the North
Green Alliance is convening a declaration from groups across the north of England, calling for clean energy to power the region. It would be great to get as many organisations from across the north to get behind and sign the declaration. You can view the declaration here.
2 Mar 2016
North East Community Energy seek accountable body partner for ERDF bid
The North East Community Energy project partners VONNE, Northern Powergrid and Community Energy England, supported by the Project Development Steering Group, are seeking an organisation or partnership of organisations to take forward the development work carried out to date and apply for ERDF funding to deliver a strategic level project to significantly scale up community energy activity in the North East - the North east Communiyt Energy (NECE) project.
25 Nov 2015
Changes to community energy tax relief schemes
News from Community Energy England 12th November 2015 As most Community Energy England members are now well aware, the removal of EIS tax relief was announced without warning in Parliament on 26 October and the Statutory Instrument implementing it was issued on 27 October. So EIS and SEIS definitely won’t be available for community energy projects after 29 November. Many groups have decided to close share offers slightly ahead of 29 November to give time for cheques to clear and to reconcile money received against share application forms.
12 Nov 2015
Report on impact of changes to Feed In Tariffs on community energy published
Today Community Energy England launched the results of their survey on the impact of the proposed changes to Feed-in Tariffs on community energy. The results have been startling with 90% of the 80 respondents said their developing projects are completely (67%) or partially (23%) at risk due to the FITs review. This represents a capital investment of £127 million that is now not likely to happen.
20 Oct 2015
Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed Fund
The Northern Powergrid Community Energy Seed Fund at the Community Foundation has £50,000 available for community energy projects based in the Northern Powergrid License areas covering North East, Yorkshire and Humber and parts of north Lincolnshire. The aim of the fund is to support community energy projects, at the inception stage, to get off the ground. This includes both tried and tested and innovative approaches and may include projects focused on:
23 Sep 2015
Community Energy Resource Hub goes live!
The Community Energy Hub launched this week.http://hub.communityenergyengland.org/ The Community Energy Hub aims to:
10 Sep 2015
Northern Powergrid publishes Community Energy projects connections guide
Northern Powergrid have published a guide to connections targeted at Community Energy groups. The guide explains the process to getting a connection in plain English aimed at the non-specialist - a connection to the electricity grid is one of the most complicated (and often costly) processes that a community energy group can go through and we’re keen on doing the best we can to help out. They’ve supplied the guide to several events that are taking place during community energy fortnight including in Middlesbrough, Gargrave and York.
10 Sep 2015
Reducing fuel poverty by spending on energy efficiency
A new research report has been released investigating the potential for electricity network operators to make a direct contribution to preventing fuel poverty, by investing in domestic energy efficiency improvements. Commissioned by Northern Powergrid and the national fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action, the report investigates the potential to divert funding allocated to network upgrade schemes into local projects that improve energy efficiency and thus reduce energy demand for those who need it the most.
27 Aug 2015
Marks & Spencer launches £400,000 community energy fund
1 Jul 2015
£1m Big Energy Saving Network launched
DECC has launched the 2015/16 Big Energy Saving Network, a £1 million programme to support eligible third sector organisations and community groups, deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers. Following the success of the first two years of the Big Energy Saving Network, DECC is pleased to launch the application process for grant funding of the 2015/16 programme. The Big Energy Saving Network delivers an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs and consumption.
16 Jun 2015
NE Community Energy tender opportunity
North East Community Energy is seeking a consultant to assist with project costing work related to community energy generation projects across the North East. The invitation to tender opens today and the deadline for responses is 25th June 2015. More information
9 Jun 2015
Extension: NE Community Energy seeks delivery and project partners
It appears that there has been some confusion over what we are seeking EOI for, so we have decided to extend the deadline until Friday 12th June and provide some further clarification below. The North East Community Energy (NE Community Energy) project, a partnership developed by VONNE, Northern Powergrid and Community Energy England, are seeking expressions of interest from potential delivery and project partners across four strands of project activity:
28 May 2015
North East Community Energy project seeks delivery partners
The North East Community Energy (NECE) project, a partnership developed by VONNE, Northern Powergrid and Community Energy England, are seeking expressions of interest from potential delivery partners across four strands of project activity: Community Level Capacity Building and Engagement Energy Efficiency - community buildings Energy Management Energy Generation
29 Apr 2015
Community Energy event presentations and winners of seed fund
Over 80 delegates joined us for Community Energy in the North East #nece2015 run in partnership with Northern Powergrid on Wednesday 4th February at the Castle Gate Centre in Newcastle.
10 Feb 2015
Community Energy Events
Community Energy England have three upcoming events to explore two very current areas impacting on the community energy sector. The first two events take place on 18 March in Bristol and 30 March in London and look at the proposed changes to tax incentives for community energy and the registration and regulation of co-operatives. CEE have also produced a FAQ sheet on unblocking EIS/SITR and FCA registration which is available on our website.
9 Mar 2015
Community Energy and Local Authorities event
Hosted by the Durham Energy Institute and with Fiona Booth, Head of Community Energy at the Department of Energy and Climate Change providing the key note address, this seminar raised awareness of the opportunities of community energy for local authorities in the North East. Details were also shared on the emerging North East Community Energy project, a partnership between Community Energy England, Northern Powergrid and VONNE and the role that local authorities can play to support a significant scaling up of community energy activities in the North East.
10 Feb 2015
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