Re-energising our communities: transforming the energy market through local energy production

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Julian, Caroline; Dobson, Julian
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1 February 2012
Community Development and Regeneration
Social welfare
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By the term community energy, this paper is referring to the means of generating and distributing energy that is owned and led by communities, rather than by individuals or private businesses. Community energy vehicles are democratically accountable to community members and participants and may deliver a financial return to investors, or reinvest surplus profits back into the project and wider locality. Empowering users to become owners and market-makers, community energy in both its practical manifestations and the ideas which it represents is an ideal of the Government’s Big Society and localism agendas.

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