On Monday 27 January the Department of Energy & Climate Change will release its long awaited Community Energy Strategy (CES). This document has been put together with advice and comment from many practitioners in community energy across the UK, including Ashton Hayes. Garry Charnock, instigator of the Ashton Hayes Going Carbon Neutral Project, is a member of the Community Energy Contact Group which meets every month in London to give informal comment to DECC teams and Ministers responsible for developing the CES.
It is hoped that this document will result in a step change in the uptake of community energy initiatives and that many villages will follow the lead of places like Ashton Hayes in reducing their energy consumption and setting up a community energy company and other social enterprises. We are pleased that the 8 years of pioneering effort by the Ashton Hayes community is highlighted by DECC.
The CES will be available for download on Monday 27 January after 10am. We will provide a link to the CES from this website once the embargo is lifted.