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Community Energy Generation

This project aimed to bridge the evidence gap on energy at local levels, and to understand community energy from a fresh angle.

The aim of the project was to identify opportunities that promote, and barriers that inhibit, community energy projects in the UK. The focus was on community energy generation and supply projects, characterised by local ownership, participation and benefit sharing. The approach used was to incorporate comparative institutional analysis with other countries where cooperatives and shared ownership of local energy infrastructure are more common. Barriers to widespread take-up of shared energy generation in the UK may be economic, regulatory, technical, constitutional or political. But there may also be cultural barriers that need to be better understood. Community-owned renewable energy is currently a very small element of the UK’s energy

Project Working Group:
Professor Tim O'Riordan FBA, University of East Anglia (Chair)
Professor Nigel Gilbert FREng, University of Sussex
Fraser Macleod, DECC
Professor David Newbery FBA, University of Cambridge
Dr Alan Walker, Royal Academy of Engineering
Professor Sarah Whatmore FBA, University of Oxford

Project outcomes

Cultures of Community Energy: Policy Report

The British Academy  | 

This report looks at the cultural factors which shape the success of community energy projects, and the cultural enablers and barriers to community energy becoming mainstream.

Cultures of Community Energy: Community Brief

The British Academy  | 

This short brief highlights the findings and recommendations for action relevant to communities interested in setting up energy projects, and the bodies that represent those groups from the Academy’s Cultures of Community Energy project.

Cultures of Community Energy: Policy Brief

The British Academy  | 

This short brief highlights the findings and recommendations for action relevant to local and national policymakers from the British Academy’s Cultures of Community Energy project.

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