Community Energy Futures

About - Community Energy Futures

Tailored support to help communities understand the changing energy system and develop low carbon, locally owned energy projects.

  • The programme consists of workshops which encourage interaction and discussion between participants.
  • A case study approach is used which allows for an in-depth, multi-layered exploration of the complexities of energy-related projects in real-life settings.
  • The workshops are followed by a tailored package of one-to-one support designed to help community groups move their energy project ideas forward.

Workshops include:

  • Introduction
  • Making it happen
  • Low carbon heat
  • Low carbon transport
  • Smart homes & buildings
  • Smart networks

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Community Power Orkney

CPO’s Roots

When the Orkney communities were commissioning their individual turbines they wanted to create a local community solution that would both satisfy the requirements of lenders but also ensured value and development were retained within their communities. So, collectively they came to an arrangement that allowed turbine managers on each island to operate and maintain their own installations whilst being supported by Community Energy Scotland (rather than having to employ/procure external professional resources to achieve the same thing). This arrangement continues today. 


As a joint endeavour, CPO won the SURF Award for Partnership Working in 2012. It has been used for formal and informal collaboration since, and also is now mirrored by a similar arrangement in the Western Isles, called Community Power Outer Hebrides (CPOH).


What We Do

The group meet regularly, and wherever appropriate, exchange information and knowledge and work collectively. Most recently, CES and the trading subsidiaries of five of the community groups who operate turbines (Eday Renewable Energy Ltd, Hoy Energy Ltd, REWIRED Ltd (Rousay, Egilsay & Wyre), Shapinsay Renewables, and Stronsay Renewable Energy Ltd) have been working collectively with a joint Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) contract with energy purchasers, to secure increased value from all the green energy they produce together.  

For further information on Community Power Orkney please contact our Orkney team, based in Kirkwall, on 07920 182308. 

Community Power Outer Hebrides

Who We Are

Community Power Outer Hebrides comprises the following community groups which operate large revenue-generating wind turbines: 





What We Do

Community Power Outer Hebrides members’ services and benefits: 

  • Partner calls in order to share information and learn from the different projects 
  • Co-ordination and collective representation of communal/shared operational problems 
  • Transfer/peer group interaction with access to expert advice and support 
  • Representation on collective issues and lobbying in relation to policy changes or key issues which may affect the  energy projects 
  • Learning visits of particular relevance to the consortium’s energy projects 
  • Guidance on topics of particular relevance to the consortium’s energy projects 
  • Delivery of any relevant training as prioritised by the community groups each year 
  • Social & economic impact measurement support 

Each Trust pays an annual subscription to Community Energy Scotland to access the CPOH services.

For further information on Community Power Outer Hebrides please contact Rona Mackay, Head of Operations, based in Benbecula.

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