Northern Powergrid’s Community Energy Engagement Strategy, aims to spur the growth of community energy systems across the region. It has been built following months of engagement with community energy stakeholders and outlines 26 engagement actions to ensure projects are issued collaboratively with local stakeholders. Alongside addressing the climate emergency by prioritising low-carbon sources, the strategy will also focus on combatting fuel poverty. Northern Powergrid’s sustainability manager and community energy contact Anda Baumerte said: “Our role is about more than keeping the lights on – we are a key enabler for regional decarbonisation. It is integral that we work collectively with the communities we support in order to address the climate emergency. This strategy demonstrates our commitment to go above and beyond to deliver on our common goals.” Community-owned energy projects generated 168MW of electricity in 2018, of which 21 organisations operate within Northern Powergrid’s region. Solar technology, in particular, is enjoying the perks of community ownership.
Edie 14th May 2020 read more »
A community energy group in Cumbria plans to raise £5.7m in order to become the sole owner of the Mean Moor Wind Farm, just three years after the farm’s acquisition from a commercial developer earned its joint owners industry recognition. The High Winds Community Energy Society said it intends to raise £2.8m in loan notes and 2.9 million £1 shares in order to fully acquire the three-turbine 6.9MW project from two other local community energy groups.
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