State of the sector

State of the sector

Our research shows that there are 29 community energy organisations in our region involved in renewable electricity generation schemes, energy efficiency work, fuel poverty alleviation and low carbon transport projects.

For the third year in a row we have worked with Community Energy England, to carry out research into community energy activities in our area. The aim of the research was to get insights into the community energy activity, the challenges facing the sector and its future plans.

The research helps us track the progress of the sector in our region and provides an indication of where the North West sits in terms of community energy.

Communities across the region have big ambitions for the future and are looking to scale up their projects.

Headlines from the report:

  • 29 community energy organisations in the North West, with one new group created this year
  • 10 new full time equivalent (FTE) roles created in community energy groups this year
  • 31 electric vehicle charge points installed, and 70kW of solar installed in 2020
  • 7% of the all community energy organisations in the UK are in our region; six community energy organisations per million people, the same as the UK average
  • 5MW of community-owned wind generation, more than any other region; 48% of the UK’s community-owned hydro generation is in our region.

You can download the full State of the Sector report for 2020 and previous years below.