Community renewable energy (CRE) as defined by Community Energy England (CEE) as ‘the delivery of community-led renewable energy, energy demand reduction and energy supply projects, whether wholly owned and/or controlled by communities or through partnership with commercial or public sector partners’. CRE puts communities at the heart of renewable energy (RE) action, positioning them as partners in transitions to a net-zero carbon future. As communities transform into energy generators, they move beyond passive consumers into active democratic actors against climate change. There is evidence that engaging and involving communities in RE projects increases acceptance of the projects and speeds up RE transitions. As well as directing economic benefits back into communities, CRE projects can help communities develop resilience, energy awareness, capability, counter loneliness and feelings of hopelessness in the face of climate change. CRE recognises that to achieve net-zero we need social as well as technical change.
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