22 Sep How The Energy Loop can help employers and their staff to grow their collective community power
The world of energy is changing and a revolution is underway. Power is shifting away from industry to customers as an increasing number of us start to take control of power and energy in our local area ― having a say in how it is generated and supplied, and exploring how energy demand in our communities can be managed and reduced more effectively.
For businesses, investing in local energy schemes can help support sustainable projects in their area, building a better sense of collective power. The Energy Loop can help your business get to the heart of the community, fulfil green CSR aims and engage employees. According to the Government’s Community Energy Strategy, there are already 5,000 community groups in the UK, but that’s likely to be just the beginning. More groups will emerge over the next few years across the country. The plan is to create jobs, share profits to develop better systems and to work together to save energy and money.
If you’re thinking of starting up a community energy scheme or supporting one through investment, as CSR for you your business, there are plenty of examples out there to inspire you, here are a few to get you started:
- Carbon Co-op in Greater Manchester is developing tools for retro-fitting an energy saving kit into houses and flats.
- East Sussex’s Barcombe Energy Group has secured grant funding to investigate options and proposals for a biomass-fuelled district heating project.
- Through its relationship with Earlsburn Windfarm, the Fintry Development Trust in Stirlingshire has the right to a ‘turbine’s worth’ of the income generated by the whole wind farm. The cash generated is used to support the work of FDT in the community.
If you are interested in investing in energy either as a business or a community, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.