State of the Sector Survey 2020

22 Jan 2020

Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales invite community organisations working on low carbon energy projects to respond to their fourth State of the Sector Survey so they can investigate the number, nature, and outcomes of community energy initiatives throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes electricity and heat generation, energy storage, low carbon transport, energy efficiency, demand management and wider low carbon initiatives. 

Findings from the 2019 State of the Sector Report

Last year data from the State of the Sector Report was used by the government, universities and community energy advocates across the UK. The report found that...

  • 2018 was the toughest year yet for community energy: The sector has been negatively impacted by recent reductions in subsidy support and unclear government strategy.
  • The removal of the Feed-in Tariff is already having dramatic impacts: Few new generation projects were developed in 2018, with newly installed generation capacity falling steeply in comparison to previous years.
  • Communities are concerned about the future of the sector: With fewer opportunities and greater challenges, many community energy organisations are moving away from energy generation and towards energy efficiency and wider low carbon projects.
  •  Community energy continues to demonstrate resilience and determination: In response to increasing challenges, communities are developing new business models and exploring innovative new technologies and approaches to low carbon development.
  • Community energy across the UK is in need of clear guidance and support: Communities must be supported to access new opportunities and innovations to ensure the long-term growth and additional impact of the sector.
Why should you take part?

The State of the Sector 2020 report will help influence government policy over the next 12 months and raise awareness of the importance of community energy. The research will also feed into the ongoing work of Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales, supporting and aiding communities to develop their own low carbon projects. In addition to the report, an openly accessible database will be created as a resource for community energy researchers and practitioners. The hope is that this resource will reduce the need for repeated research engagement and surveying of community energy organisations. 

Community Energy England and Community Energy Wales need your input to continue this impact, providing evidence towards a supportive landscape for community-led energy projects in 2020 and beyond.

Who should fill it out?
The survey is aimed at community energy organisations involved in low carbon activities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes electricity and heat generation, energy storage, low carbon transport, energy efficiency, demand management and wider low carbon initiatives.
 
The dealine for submissions is 5PM on Monday 24 February.
 

In addition, an openly accessible database will be created as a resource for community energy researchers and practitioners. We hope that this resource will reduce the need for repeated research engagement and surveying of community energy organisations.

Complete the State of the Sector Survey 2020 or Cwblhewch yr arolwg Cymraeg (complete the Welsh language survey).