The community energy sector in Northern Powergrid’s region has seen significant developments in the past decade, with a number of key organisations delivering impactful projects and professionalising their organisations, in addition to countless enthusiastic smaller groups continuing to chip away at addressing energy issues in their local area.
Northern Powergrid committed to supporting the sector in 2019, following the publication of its first Community Energy Engagement Strategy. The strategy was developed following consultation of community energy representatives in the region and comprises 26 commitments to community and local energy organisations, from keeping communities informed via a quarterly newsletter to increased face-to-face engagement via a programme of events.
Regen supported the development of this strategy and has worked with Northern Powergrid since then, to help it deliver on those 26 commitments through the Community Energy Engagement Programme. This includes in-person forums, online training sessions, quarterly newsletters and the Net Zero Community Energy Fund. Recordings of the online training sessions can be found here.