The report shows how the community energy sector includes more than 228 organisations, reaching over 48,000 community members and has developed capacity to generate enough power to meet the annual demand of 65,000 homes. We have already seen how community energy schemes provide more benefits than just generation of energy. Community energy enables people to take local action to reduce carbon emissions whilst harnessing local enthusiasm, commitment and social investment. In 2017, 76 community energy organisations offered energy efficiency improvements in their communities, engaging with 84,000 people just last year and installing over 1,000 energy efficiency upgrades. Profits are also reinvested in other community priorities, with £1.1m of community benefit funding supporting activities to reduce fuel poverty, cut energy demand and educational or environmental initiatives.
The 2018 State of the Sector Report has been put together by Community Energy England , Community Energy Wales, Scene, and sponsored by Electricity North West, Northern Powergrid and Westmill Solar Co-operative.