As part of our mission to transform the energy system, we believe we can only decarbonise at the speed and scale necessary if we bring people with us. Decentralised energy creates opportunities for more engaged energy citizens, more local ownership of energy assets, and control of where the benefit goes. Community energy organisations have consistently acted as the social conscience of the energy system, they hold the wider sector to account which will help ensure a just transition where no one is left behind.

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What is community energy?

Community energy organisations are communities taking collective action to address climate change and fuel poverty by delivering community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction, and energy supply projects. These projects typically have a significant proportion of local ownership and/or control and deliver social, environmental, and economic benefits locally, such as fuel poverty alleviation.

What does Regen do?

We’ve supported and developed a network of community energy organisations across the UK for over 10 years, working on policy, innovation and direct support.

  • We respond to consultations impacting the community energy sector, and create consultation briefing notes to help others do the same. See our recent briefing notes for consultations for onshore wind and transmission infrastructure.
  • We organise online forums for community energy groups to help build their knowledge, capacity, and engagement with the wider energy sector. Watch previous events here and check out our upcoming events here.
  • We investigate emerging opportunities, including a recent report on local benefits from offshore wind.
  • We lead projects that that directly support local residents to engage in the energy system. See our work on Power Allotments, Devon.
  • We write community energy strategies for Distribution Network Operators and local authorities to ensure the support they offer communities is targeted and co-designed. Find the strategy we wrote for National Grid here, and the Northern Powergrid strategy here.
  • We provide independent plain English guides to the energy system, to help communities learn about local supply, innovation, heat, hydrogen, storage, connecting to the network, and more.
  • We made a series of videos with National Grid, explaining key opportunities for how community organisations can work with them on open data, innovation projects, social obligations and energy efficiency and connecting new electricity generation.
  • We delivered the  Community Energy England, Scotland, and Wales State of the Sector reports to understand and showcase the community energy sector, and identify evidence-based areas for growth and opportunity. See here.
  • We champion the community and local energy sector at a policy level, see our environmental audit committee response here, and our summary of the significant code review here.
  • We take part on innovation projects that help unlock the business model for community and local energy, such as Open DSR, Open LV and the Sunshine Tariff.

Our Community Energy Team

We have a dedicated team working alongside community energy groups.

Poppy Maltby

Prina Sumaria

George Middlemiss

Shona R

Robbie Evans

Rebecca Windemer

Recent work

The Power Allotments, Devon project was set up by Regen and the Devon Energy Collective to engage and encourage communities and individuals across Devon to identify a 5 acre space in their local area for a biodiverse community-owned renewable power project.

Over the course of 12 months to April 2023, funded by Devon County Council, community-minded people concerned about climate change came together and, using the mapping tools and guidance provided by the Power Allotments project, put forward potential generation projects.

Find out more here.

Benefits of Community Energy Membership

Regen’s mission is to transform the world’s energy systems for a zero carbon future. But we can’t do it alone. Together with our members we provide an expert and highly influential voice for the policies and market innovation required to drive us to net zero. Join us and invest in a zero carbon energy future.

Community Energy Group membership is just £275+ VAT per year.

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