The importance of community energy

8 November 2019

Today we’re attending the Bristol Energy Network event at City Hall to talk about how we achieve zero carbon at community level.

Community energy is an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to transitioning to a zero carbon economy.

By bringing together local organisations such as Bristol City Council, Community Energy England and Ambition Lawrence Weston, we can pool ideas to get to the necessary climate solutions quicker.

What is community energy?

Community energy refers to the delivery of community-led renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, which are usually owned by communities. These can vary from setting up local renewable generation, like wind turbines or solar farms, through to offering energy efficiency advice and measures to households and businesses.

What do these projects look like in practice?

Bristol Energy works with a number of community energy projects to make our energy systems low carbon, secure and of benefit to local communities. These can range from putting solar on the roofs of social housing (a joint project with Bristol City Council’s Energy Service Team), through to working with the C.H.E.E.S.E project to reduce domestic energy losses through thermal imaging.

These projects help us to shift the way we think about energy delivery, usage and consumption as we move into an energy future that is decentralised and focuses on low carbon alternatives. These projects have the ability to empower and benefit communities in multiple ways.

What next?

Some of the proposals outlined by Bristol City Council’s City Leap programme will put even more momentum behind projects like these, creating a cleaner, greener, healthier Bristol. In the meantime, Bristol Energy are continuing to develop relationships locally to support more energy projects that will benefit the community.

If you would like to know more about any of the innovation projects we’re currently working on at Bristol Energy, register your interest here.