Energy Local Newsletter - May 2024

Government call for evidence on barriers to community energy

Call for evidenceThe Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is calling for evidence on the barriers to setting up and developing community energy projects. This is an excellent opportunity to have your voices heard by policy makers so that support can be provided to our sector.

Community Energy England has produced a question-by-question guide on how best to answer the call to evidence. They are also hosting a webinar on May 15 to help people respond – please register to attend here

Responses should be emailed to 

Webinar: Can the Green New Deal Fix the Cost of Living Crisis?

This week, join Olivia Blake MP, Chaitanya Kumar (New Economics Foundation) and Sam Mason (PCS Union) in conversation about developing transformative environmental change within trade unions, local authorities and civil society. 

Date: Thursday 16th May 2024Festival of Debate
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Cemetery Road Baptist Church, Sheffield.
Or join online via webinar link. 
Sign up in advance here.  


Upcoming Co-op Fortnight 2024


From 24 June – 7 July, Co-op Fortnight is taking place, during which co-operatives, organisations and supporters will be organising activities to raise awareness of the sector. This year the theme is climate action. Topics of discussion will include celebrating co-operatives as an altogether different way to do business and as an effective means to urge equitable climate action. 

Energy Local is a strong proponent of cooperative models, which we use to set up each of our Clubs. Co-operatives can be powerful tools for community-driven initiatives as they allow members to have a stake in decisions and benefits, fostering a sense of ownership and responsibility. Embracing this model can be a great way to empower local communities and promote sustainable energy practices. 

Sign up to the Co-op Fortnight here

Introduction to North East & Yorkshire Net Zero Hub 

Sue Manson

The North East & Yorkshire Net Zero Hub has recently introduced a Community Energy Development Officer, Sue Manson.

Sue will be working to identify potential community energy projects within local communities and provide advice, support and signposting to help communities develop community energy projects.

If you are interested in having a chat about your community energy project in the North East, please get in touch via