All about shared community ownership under the Community Energy Strategy's voluntary protocol
The Strategy covers all aspects of community energy, which we have identified here, including: communal electricity generation and heat production; energy conservation and management; and collaborative buying and switching.
The government suggests that the potential contribution of community energy to the UK electricity mix could be up to 3 GW (3,000,000 kW - enough to power over 1 million homes) of capacity. At the time of publication, the installed capacity was about 66 MW - 0.066 GW.
The government's Community Energy Strategy was published on 27th January 2014. This was the first time the government has published a specific strategy for community energy.
The Community Energy Strategy also refers to a number of other issues which are holding back the community energy sector:
Working groups have been established to deal with some of these issues.
Watch this space!