Cornwall Council wins Community Energy Award

Cornwall Council has scooped the Local Authority Partner Award at the second annual Community Energy Awards.

The winners of the awards, which are organised by Community Energy England and sponsored by Northern Powergrid, were announced last night (5 September) at a ceremony in Oxford.

Cornwall Council won the Local Authority Partner Award for shifting the focus of its energy system from one that drains our economy to one that powers its future. 

The Plymouth City Council-backed Plymouth Energy Community project, which offers a range of services to help residents change how they buy, use and generate energy, was commended in the same category.

Former Energy Secretary, Ed Davey, who was also one of the award judges, spoke at the ceremony about the development of community energy.

“The community energy sector has shown great resilience, despite recent policy uncertainties”, he said. “It is the excellent initiatives, like those we are celebrating tonight, that encouraged me to prioritise community energy as a socially responsible contribution to the UK’s energy mix”

The eight category winners were as follows:

  • Community Energy Saving Award: Wey Valley Solar Schools Energy Co-operative
  • Community Energy Funding Award: Ethex
  • Local Authority Partner Award: Cornwall Council
  • Community Energy Innovation Award: Co-operatives UK’s Peer Mentoring Programme
  • Community Energy Collaboration Award: Saddleworth Community Hydro
  • Community Heat Project Award: Camelford Leisure Centre
  • Community Power Project Award: Chase Community Solar
  • Two Community Energy Champions were chosen: Adam Twine and Jon Hallé

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues