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Community and local energy

Community and local energy

We want to work with community and local energy groups to develop a smart, flexible network for the benefit of all our customers.

We have a lauched our 'powering our communties fund' which is inviting applications from projects that support the aim of putting community and local energy at the heart of our communities. You can learn more about how to apply here.

To us community energy means community-led projects or initiatives to reduce, manage, generate or purchase energy.  Community energy projects focus on engagement and benefits to their local area and communities. 

Local energy encompasses community energy projects and also includes activities by a wider set of local partners such as local authorities, housing associations, intermediary or advisory organisations and local businesses.  Local energy projects may have a commercial aspect to their delivery but are also likely to benefit their local area and community. 

We have launched our Community and Local Energy Strategy, which sets out our vision for supporting the growth of community energy, a key strand of the organisation’s wider strategy for meeting the UK’s target of achieving an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and building a smarter and more flexible power network for the future.

The Strategy has been developed following a stakeholder engagement process and responds to the issues raised so far however, the launch of our Community and Local Energy Strategy is just the start of the process and we hope our approach will set the foundations for the development of a smart and modern energy network, that can support the region’s needs now and into the future.

We have a number of roles to play in the development of community and local energy projects including new connections, accommodating new generation and innovating for the changes that are taking place. For further details on how we want to work with the sector you can download our Community and Local Energy Strategy.


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If you are developing a community or local energy project please get in touch to discuss your plans.

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Sign up for one of our Community Connects workshops. These workshops are aimed at volunteers and employees involved in the community and local energy sector. Community Connects is being delivered by a partnership of organisations including Electricity North West, Quantum Strategy and Technology, DLA Piper, Carbon Co-op, CafS and the Tyndall Centre. Each partner brings unique expertise from working with the sector and will deliver a workshop in their specialist area.

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