Community Energy Archive

Latest News

Dec 06, 2015

Millions invested in community energy before tax relief deadline

Community energy groups have reported a last minute rush of investors, as the deadline for tax relief passes.
Nov 25, 2015

Community energy groups threaten legal action over tax relief cuts

Community Energy England (CEE) has served the Treasury a ‘Letter before Action’ over plans to end tax relief later this month.
Nov 19, 2015

Local authority-backed community share offer raises £125,000

An 11th hour community share offer backed by Exeter City Council has raised £125,000 as the tax relief deadline approaches.
Nov 15, 2015

Dash for cash launched to beat tax relief deadline

The UK’s community energy sector has launched a two-week race to raise £18 million.
Nov 13, 2015

Dorset group launches last minute share offer

A local group backed by Dorset County Council is offering investors the chance to help provide solar panels for school and community centres.
Nov 06, 2015

Community energy group ditches solar farm plans

The REPOWERBalcombe group has dropped plans to build a 5 MW solar farm, blaming a decision to scrap tax relief for community energy projects.
Nov 05, 2015

Green Party backs community energy

The Green Party has published a new report, showcasing community energy projects in England.
Oct 31, 2015

Community energy sector “in shock” following tax relief decision

Community energy projects have been thrown into disarray following the news that tax relief will end for subsidised schemes, industry figures have told Public Sector Energy.

Feature Articles

NALC logo
Dec 08, 2014

Where is the energy for community power?

Cllr Ken Browse, Chair of the National Association of Local Councils considers the role of parish and town councils in energy generation.
APSE Energy
Nov 25, 2014

APSE Energy Policy Briefing No2 - Note on the Report of the Shared Ownership Taskforce

In this note, APSE Energy Consultant, Stephen Cirell, considers the recommendations of the Shared Ownership Taskforce published in November 2014.
RegenSW logo 1
Nov 17, 2014

RegenSW on DECC's community energy announcements

The government has today (13 November) announced a range of measures to back community energy and partnerships between communities and developers. Below we have looked at announcements, their impact and some of the key issues that remain.
RegenSW logo 1
Nov 03, 2014

Lessons from Regen’s Local Authority Forum on 25 September: how local authorities can support community energy

This piece from RegenSW relates lessons learnt from its Local Authority Forum, held on 25 September on the subject of how local authorities can support community energy.
Steve Cirell
Jul 03, 2014

DECC's Community Energy Plans

In this article Stephen Cirell considers DECCs community energy plans and what they mean for local authorities.
RegenSW logo 1
Oct 07, 2014

How local authorities can support community energy: lessons from the South West

Hazel Williams of RegenSW reports back from its Local Authority Sustainable Energy Forum on 25 September.
Jamie Hailstone
Aug 31, 2014

Shadow minister slams FCA over lack of community projects

The shadow energy minister, Tom Greatrex, has written to the head of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), complaining about the watchdog’s approach to energy co-operatives.
Jamie Hailstone
Aug 31, 2014

Holyrood launches £20m community energy fund

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced a £20m community energy fund to help encourage renewable schemes at a local level.