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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.

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 the 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. 

Our community and local energy strategy sets out our vision for supporting the growth of community energy. This is a key strand of our 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 launch of our 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 please take a look at our strategy.


Our strategy

Our community and local energy strategy sets out our approach to supporting the growth of the sector.

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State of the sector

The findings from our first annual survey of community energy organisations in the North West.

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Empowering our communities

Annual fund which supports community and local energy projects.

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Sign up here to receive our new community and local energy newsletter and view previous editions.

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Browse our upcoming Community Connects workshops and register for your place.


Event presentations

View presentations from our previously held community and local energy events.

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Guides and further information

Learn more about the options available to you from a variety of helpful community and local energy guides.

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Get in touch

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

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