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Community Energy

Local communities play a crucial role in our transition to renewable energy, demand reduction, and innovative energy supply projects. 

We support a range of energy products, including partnerships with commercial or public sector partners and those wholly owned and/or controlled by communities.

Learn more about our community energy projects, including how you can get involved here. The earlier you get in touch, the more involvement and impact we can have, so contact us today.

Conversations are free, and we encourage you to talk to us early

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You can read our communities strategy and understand the impact we’re having by working together.

What is Community Energy?

Community energy describes the collective action we’re taking to improve how we purchase, manage and generate energy and reduce demand.

Community energy groups play a crucial role in projects and trials led by others, including local authorities, energy companies, and network operators. 

Establishing links between people, communities and businesses ensure that energy projects give local people control. Every project benefits from: 

Local engagement

Local leadership

Democratic control

Local community benefit

Improving our network

The existing energy network in some areas isn’t designed for two-way flows of electricity integral to flexible supply, which means they need to be updated. This presents exciting opportunities for local communities to get involved and help us innovate. You can read how we’re working with community groups in a series of case studies.

Guides & information

We’re supporting community groups to explore new ways to generate, supply, and use energy more effectively.

Communities strategy

We’re committed to accelerating net zero in communities across the Midlands, South West and South Wales.

Articles & case studies

Read some ideas, strategies, and success stories from our community energy groups.

Useful Information

Access useful links for details about our community energy project and other sources of essential information. 

Animations library

We’ve created a series of short films to help explain the different innovative new business models.

Community energy podcasts

We’ve worked together with Regen South West to produce a series of community energy podcasts.


You'll find answers here to questions about our Community Energy projects.

Community energy appointments

We’re working closely with community energy groups and value the volunteer-led approach. Here’s how you can book an appointment and access support.

A guide to Ofgem’s proposals for changes to network charging

A guide for community energy and climate action organisations, explaining how the electricity network is paid for and how that might change in future. We hope it will help innovate energy projects to accelerate the energy transition to net-zero.

WPD Network Charging Forum for Communities slides

You can view the latest slides and watch previous webinars from the last Changing Forum for Communities events.


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