State of the Sector survey 2021

The State of the Sector is both an annual report and the most comprehensive dataset on community energy in the UK. We’re really excited because this is the first year that Community Energy Scotland have joined Community Energy England and Wales in conducting the survey. However, because this is the first time for us, the survey holds no backup data on previous projects in Scotland. This means that, to capture the full spectrum and impact of community energy groups across Scotland, it’s vital that as many Scottish community groups as possible respond to the survey – Please don’t let your group be missed out!
Responses are welcomed across all projects, from electricity generation to low carbon transport activities, and everything in between. The data will be used to assess the wide range of impacts that community energy organisations are having in the journey to net zero carbon. The results will be analysed and shared in a UK wide report, as well as a report on the state of the sector in Wales (thanks to funding by Welsh Government) to be launched later in the spring.

Previous reports have been used by local and national government, network operators, MPs, campaigning and environmental organisations, and many other organisations within the sector itself. The data underpins the work of Community Energy England, Scotland and Wales to support the sector and lobby for more supportive policies. We need your input to continue this impact. Responses you provide this year will be added to previous years’ data to form a comprehensive picture of the progress and impact of the incredible work happening across the community energy sector. This will allow the State of the Sector Report to once again educate and influence policy makers and sector stakeholders.

Who is this survey for?
We would like to hear from every community energy organisation involved in low carbon activities across the whole of the UK.  
What sort of projects are included?
We want to hear about all of the projects you have been working on; including for example, electricity and heat generation, energy storage, low carbon transport, energy efficiency, demand management, fuel poverty services and any other low carbon initiatives.
How long will it take, and can I save input to continue later?
As this is the first year the survey has been conducted in Scotland, you will be asked to give details of your organisation’s previous community energy projects and services as well as current projects and services, which means the survey will take somewhat longer than usual.
Please allow up to 90 minutes to complete the survey, and make sure you have as much information about your projects as possible. If you don’t have time to complete it all in one go, don’t worry, Typeform will hold your answers in the browser that you start it in for up to 15 days.
What is the deadline for submissions?
The survey will be open until 6pm on Wednesday 14 April.
Where can I get help?
Regen are assisting us in compiling the data for State of the Sector, so if you have any questions about this survey, please contact Prina

Join us to discuss community energy at COP26

As we move closer to COP26 in November we would like to invite you to discuss how CES and our members might engage with the event. We have been discussing a community energy presence at COP26 with a number of partners in the sector such as Community Energy England, Community Energy Wales and REScoop and are keen to understand how we can support and represent our members through this partnership.

To do so we are hosting a Zoom call on Tuesday the 23rd of March at 4pm (details below). This will be a fairly informal and discursive call with the main points of discussion below. We hope to be joined at the meeting by representatives from Community Energy England and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland who will be able to share their plans and ideas for COP26.

Discussion points:

  • Current plans for engaging, participating or attending COP26 and associated events
  • Ideas, desires and areas of interest for COP26
  • Opportunities to engage, how CES can represent members and how members can get involved

23 March 2021 4pm: We hope to see you there and encourage you to come along if you are interested in taking part in, or learning more about, COP26.

To come along to the call, please click here to register your interest. If you’re not yet a CES member, it’s not too late to join!

Scotland’s Climate Assembly – Key Challenges: Week 4 Community Planning

Scotland’s Climate Assembly intends bringing together people from all walks of life, from across Scotland, to learn about and discuss the question, ‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’

On the weekend of 24th and 25th January 2021 the group hosted a live webinar with contributions from key speakers regarding the challenges faced by communities in light of today’s climate challenge.

See Community Energy Scotland’s video contribution here

And you can revisit the complete webinar here


Reed Exhibitions Limited has announced that All-Energy, the UK’s largest annual renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference – and the co-located Dcarbonise – will now take place on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 August 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

Simon Marshall, the newly appointed Event Director for the duo of shows, explained:

“This three-month postponement from May to August means that the event now coincides with the end of Scottish school holidays and is a perfect stepping stone to COP26, being held at SEC in early November.

“All roads lead to Glasgow in 2021, and we are excited to be firmly placed as the precursor to such an important global summit, where major policy and investment decisions are expected to be formalised. All-Energy kicks off the season as the all- important platform for stakeholders across the public and private sector to showcase innovation, technology, and progressive strategies.

“The date change also ensures that SEC has time to get back to ‘business as normal’, after its invaluable use as NHS Louisa Jordan.

“Naturally, this was a collective decision from canvassing the vast majority of our exhibitors and the opinions of key stakeholders including sponsors such as the Scottish Government, ScottishPower, Shepherd and Wedderburn and Natural Power.

“We can now look forward to producing an event, which will have renewable and low carbon energy and decarbonisation at its core, with sound health and safety measures firmly in place. Reed Exhibitions has developed a formal set of enhanced health and safety protocols in collaboration with industry task forces for our future events. These will, of course, evolve to keep in step with government requirements.” (Current protocols are at

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:

“I am delighted that All-Energy and Dcarbonise is now scheduled to take place in August next year, especially as we look forward to a successful COP26 taking place in Glasgow soon after that.

“All-Energy and Dcarbonise have become an annual highlight for industry professionals and policymakers alike, and I congratulate Judith Patten and her team of event organisers for their great resilience over recent months which they have demonstrated through the delivery of a series of webinars, two of which I was delighted to take part in. I very much look forward to the Scottish Government’s continued engagement with the event and wish the organisers well with their planning.”

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower, a regular plenary session speaker who has also chaired three of the All-Energy webinars during 2020, commented:

“I’m delighted to hear that All-Energy Dcarbonise 2021 has now been confirmed for August next year. In addition to being the key event in the UK energy calendar, the new dates provide a timely opportunity for the industry to come together just ahead of COP26 coming to Glasgow in November.”

Looking to the immediate future Simon Marshall added:

“All-Energy/Dcarbonise will continue to provide cutting-edge virtual engagement during the run-up to the show in August. Twenty-six online sessions were held between May and November 2020 when we held our ‘Virtual Summit’ with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse were amongst those taking part; and attracted nearly 15,650 registrations. Well over 11,000 have attended either ‘on the day’ or ‘on-demand’.

“The postponement means, of course, that the Call for Papers will be open for longer. Found at, it will now close on 31 March 2021.

“We thank our exhibitors, speakers, partners, suppliers, visitors and of course the SEC for their continued support during this challenging time; the event team looks forward to seeing you all in nine months’ time!”

Sponsors, supporters, and further information

All-Energy’s major sponsors include ScottishPower (Host Sponsor); Shepherd and Wedderburn (Headline Sponsor) and Natural Power (Power Club Sponsor) and is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; UKRI and Innovate UK; Sustainable Glasgow; and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with Glasgow as its Host City, and the Society for Underwater Technology as Learned Society Patron. Dcarbonise is sponsored by the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland.

The Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference stream (part of Dcarbonise) is and organised in association with Transport Scotland and the Smart Environment Forum of ITS United Kingdom

Further information is at and

In the absence of the ‘live’ 2020 event, a series of webinars was launched in May 2020. By November, when the All-Energy/Dcarbonise Virtual summit was held, they had attracted 15,650 registrations and unique attendance (on the day or on-demand) of well over 11,000. All are available on-demand at

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