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The Manifesto for Community Energy

The Manifesto for Community Energy

Summary of the Manifesto

Ed Davey MP, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has said that “he wants nothing more than a community energy revolution” and Greg Barker MP, Minister of State, has said “Community engagement in the energy sector will be vital to our vision of the development of energy in the UK in the coming decades.”

DECC has committed to publishing a Community Energy Strategy in 2013. We are calling on the Government to introduce policy measures as part of this strategy that would lead to a formal guarantee of the treatment and support that community and co-operative energy (CCE) schemes can expect from government and its agencies.

The Government’s strategy should offer a clear route from assessing feasibility through to generating and selling electricity, heat and retrofitting energy efficiency measures.

We call on the government to do the following:

1. Provide leadership
Commit to a dramatic increase in CCE with national targets
Recognise its potential in meeting UK energy goals, by saving energy and creating a secure, clean and affordable heat and electricity supply.

Promote the community approach to energy
Create a national campaign for community ownership as the route to increased community engagement and acceptance.

Create a Director-level lead for community energy within the Department for Energy and Climate Change
This Director should be responsible for ensuring that all energy policy is appropriate and supportive of the community approach and representing it across Departments.

2. Give communities a clear pathway to success
Make a clearly defined offer
Set out the process by which government and its agencies will work with CCE schemes, as they are created, through the planning process and once they are established.

Introduce co-ordinated advice and support services
Endorsed and funded by government but run by independent experts covering energy efficiency and renewables

Introduce a financial framework
Including a preferential Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive for CCE schemes, investor tax breaks, access to finance through the Green Investment Bank, and consideration of impact and investigation of support mechanisms as part of Electricity Market Reform.

3. Support innovation
Develop Green Deal community models
The Government should work with CCE organisations to develop and promote models for Green Deal delivery and finance at the community level.

Involve local authorities
Using a pilot programme initially, to develop models of co-operation between local authorities and CCE organisations.

Encourage partnership with commercial energy developers
Investigate ways of incentivising energy project developers to work with CCE organisations.

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