Community energy is growing and making a difference. All around the country, more and more people are getting involved in projects that develop sustainable energy in their communities. Through awareness-raising […]
Community-led sustainable energy projects are not taken seriously enough by the government, according to a new paper from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Sussex. Published today, the […]
System-changing innovations for sustainability transitions are pro- posed to emerge in radical innovative niches. ‘Strategic Niche Management’ theory predicts that niche-level actors and networks will aggregate learning from local projects, […]
Community energy’s prospects for future growth and development was the subject of an invited lecture by Gill Seyfang (3S, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA), at Wageningen University’s Environmental Policy Group […]
The Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy (CISE) project team has contributed to the latest Zero Carbon Britain (ZCB) research compiled by the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT). The latest report, Zero […]
Constructing grassroots innovations for sustainability: New research in the field Adrian Smith and Gill Seyfang introduce a new collection of academic papers on grassroots innovations, and discuss the origins and […]
Intermediaries and Community Energy Policy – Responding to changing policy contexts Jenn Monahan reports on how recent policy changes have affected community energy and how intermediaries have sought to influence […]
Policy Reform and Community Energy: Key messages for the Community Energy Strategy Jim Watson draws lessons from the Community Innovation for Sustainable Energy research project to inform the development of […]
Community energy has been proposed as a new policy tool to help achieve the transition to a low-carbon energy system, but the evidence base for this strategy is partial and […]
A new working paper presents new evidence from our 12 in-depth case studies of community energy projects in the UK and explores how useful ‘niche management’ theory is in helping […]
December 2012, Tom Hargreaves. The Dyfi Solar Club ran from 1998 until 2003, initially part-funded by a broader European Commission funded grant designed to promote community-based renewable energy in the […]
A new working paper presents results of our survey of community energy projects in the UK. Our survey investigates the objectives, origins and development of these groups across the UK, their activities and their networking activities as a sector. We also examine the strengths and weaknesses of these groups, along with the opportunities and threats presented by wider socioeconomic and political contexts, in order to improve understanding of the sector’s potential and the challenges it faces.
How does civil society feature in wide-scale transformation processes to socio-technical systems like energy? In this book chapter, Adrian Smith explors ways of addressing this question by drawing upon concepts […]
This project examined how social experiments with alternative technologies – organic food, eco-housing and wind energy – have attained wider influence.
Supporting and Harnessing Diversity? Experiments in Appropriate Technology project final briefing (Dec 2006). Grassroots Innovations Briefing: Supporting and Harnessing Diversity? Grassroots Innovation Briefing: Supporting and Harnessing Diversity