Published: 15th Jun 2020

Community energy could be powering up to 2.2 million homes within the next 10 years, according to a new report. The Community Energy 2030 Vision reveals community energy currently generates at least £2.6m to local economies. According to the report by Community Energy England, community energy generates 265MW of renewable electricity. It adds that now is the time to ‘recognise the huge potential for community energy to contribute to the energy system and support the sector to reach mass scale’. And it argues that with the right support, the community energy sector could become 12-20 times larger by 2030. It claims community energy could contribute 5,270MW, power 2.2 million homes, support 8700 jobs, save 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions and add over £1.8bn to the economy each year, according to a recent report by WPI Economics. The 2030 Vision report has been published alongside Community Energy England’s annual State of the Sector report, which admits 2019 was a ‘challenging year’ … (To read the full article, subscribe below)