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The role of community energy in decarbonisation and its benefits to local areas to be considered by MPs

13 April 2021

The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) will be holding a one-off evidence session on community energy, as part of the umbrella inquiry on technological innovations and climate change.

Background

Community energy projects involve groups of people coming together to purchase, manage, generate or reduce consumption of energy. Since most community energy projects focus on renewable power and/or energy efficiency, they could play a vital role in the decarbonisation of energy and heat, which is vital as the UK edges closer to the 2050 target to be net-zero.

As of 2020, community energy contributed 278MW of renewable energy and heat to the energy system. It has been estimated that by 2030, the community energy sector could power 2.2 million homes, saving 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Purpose of the session

During the evidence session, members will be considering the role of community energy in decarbonising energy, heat and transport, funding and regulatory challenges faced by community projects. It will also look at how community energy can be better supported to provide maximum benefit to local areas.

Witnesses

Wednesday 14 April

From 2.30pm

  • Anda Baumerte, Sustainability Manager, Northern Powergrid
  • Patrick Erwin, Policy and Markets Director, Northern Powergrid
  • Alastair Mumford, Corporate Energy Manager, Devon County Council 

From 3:15pm

  • Dan McCallum, Co-founder and manager, Awel Aman Tawe
  • Kayla Ente, Founder & CEO, Brighton & Hove Energy Services Co-op (BHESCo)
  • Paul Hallas, Director, Sustainable Energy 24 (SE24)

Further information

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