The Scottish Community Energy Coalition is part of a wider UK coalition that was set up by Forum for the Future in 2012. Much of the energy legislation is currently not devolved, which means decisions regarding this are made in Westminster rather than in Holyrood. Therefore, it makes sense for us to be part of a wider coalition that can influence the UK government whilst working in a Scottish group that can focus on devolved powers such as planning law. Our Vision for 2020 has been adapted from the UK Community Energy Coalition.
We believe that community energy can, and should be:
- Enable willing communities in Scotland to collectively play a substantial role in meeting Scottish and UK targets for carbon and renewables by saving energy and creating a secure, clean and affordable heat and electricity supply.
- Increase the scale of investment in renewable energy and energy saving and attract new individuals, communities and institutions to invest.
- Encourage people to act cooperatively to create sustainable communities and give everyone an equal opportunity to own and control shared assets democratically.
- Respect communities, the landscape and wildlife through genuine stakeholder involvement and management of natural assets for the benefit of current and future generations.
- Increase people’s awareness and support for renewable energy projects and encourage energy saving.
- Include frameworks that enable communities that generate electricity to sell directly to themselves.
To make this happen, we will collectively:
- Promote community energy with our members and wider stakeholders as a positive and powerful voice.
- Share best practice and create an evidence base for the value that community energy creates.
- Ask the Scottish, UK and EU Government to join us in dramatically scaling up community and co-operative energy by integrating support for the sector across all policies in a public, long term and stable way ensuring communities have access to appropriate financial and capacity support.
SCEC members include Client Earth, Community Energy Scotland, Energy4All, Energy Action Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Local Energy Scotland, SCENE and Sharenergy.
For more information please download the SCEC Manifesto.