Community Energy Groups can offer a wide variety of support for people in their localities.

In this Podcast Chloe Uden speaks to Alistair MacPherson the CEO at Plymouth Energy Community about the history of the group, the projects they’ve done and what the short and medium term future looks like for them.

Plymouth Energy Community gives the people of Plymouth the power to transform how they buy, use and generate power in the city. Working together as a community we have the power to change our energy future for the better. In essence, it’s all about people power.

Their work focuses around three core energy goals:

Reducing energy bills
Improving energy efficiency
Generating a green energy supply in the city

Through working with a number of organisations, they have created tools and relationships to help our community achieve these three energy goals. By raising awareness and understanding the energy options available to everyone, they are giving their community knowledge and power to take action.

Plymouth is a really good example of how important and valuable it is for a Community Energy Group to have close links to their local authority.

This podcast has been made with support from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and is part of Regen’s ongoing programme to support community energy.

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Artwork by Pat Cullum.

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