Community Energy Champions
ACT encouraged volunteer Energy Champions to pilot a new Community Energy Champions Toolkit in their communities and develop plans for community-led solutions to Fuel Poverty.
The Community Energy Champions Toolkit, written by National Energy Action (NEA), is a guide to support the development and delivery of Energy Champions Networks, to promote energy efficiency and wellbeing, creating more efficient, environmentally friendly, and socially just communities. The Toolkit suggests ways of up-skilling, supporting and retaining local Energy Champions to address local energy related issues.
ACT worked with volunteer Energy Champions from a range of communities to plan for how to provide appropriate energy solutions locally. ACT supported these Energy Champions to use the Toolkit, and other resources, to identify local energy needs, the potential activity to address these needs, and where to access additional information and support needed.
Pilot Energy Champion Communities
- Claife (South Lakeland)
- Sustainable Brampton (Carlisle district)
- Alston (Eden)
Resources and Information
Community Energy Champions Toolkit (NEA)
Affordable Warmth A practical guide to addressing heating and energy efficiency in your community (ACRE)
Helping Consumers with Energy Help towards lower bills and warmer homes (DECC)
Energy Efficiency A practical guide to how your community can become more energy efficient (ACRE)
Renewable Energy A practical guide to developing community renewable energy projects (ACRE)
Oil buying groups (Opt 4 Community Energy website)
Community renewable energy (Plan LoCal website)
Energy Efficiency and Green Deal (Plan LoCal website)
CAfS support for community groups in Eden (Cumbria Action for Sustainability website)
Rural Community Energy Fund (WRAP website)
Britain's first Community Energy Strategy (link to government website)
Project funded by Cumbria Community Foundation