At the end of January the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) launched the long-awaited community energy strategy. Nearly two years in development, the process involved researching, consulting and revising drafts between various groups within DECC and beyond. Their aims, to help existing groups grow, inspire others to form, and tap into the enthusiasm and commitment of grassroots activity. Meanwhile, a flourishing network of community energy initiatives led to a Bristol community strategy for energy during 2013. The Bristol strategy was developed through the umbrella organisation Bristol Energy Network, by local community groups and the organisations they work with. It sets out aims for local action on sustainable energy and seeks to enable community initiatives to work in collaboration with local authorities, private and third sector organisations. The two strategies have different origins and operate in different contexts, so how do they fare as strategies for a sustainable energy future? On … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
Jacob Barnes is a member of the Bristol Energy Network and a Phd researcher within the Sussex Energy Group at SPRU, University of Sussex.
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