Project duration: May 2016 to December 2017

The changes in government policy over the last year have made it much more challenging for community energy groups to deliver projects.

We have engaged extensively with our community network since these announcements. Our experience is that, far from planning to pack up and throw away their hard work, groups are energised by the challenge of innovating and finding a way to deliver their objectives, despite the challenging policy environment.

We received a grant from the Friends Provident Foundation to support three community groups to develop new business models in community heat networks, energy storage and local supply.

The groups selected were Plymouth Energy Community to work on storage, Easton Energy on local supply and South East London Community Energy on a heat network.

All the learning that comes from developing these business models on the ground will be shared far and wide so that the whole community energy sector can benefit from the learning.

Project lead: Tamar Bourne

Contact: tbourne@regensw.co.uk