Blog by Molly Walsh, Friends of the Earth Europe's
community energy campaigner, and a co-author of our new handbook Community Energy: A practical guide to
To change our energy system we need everyone
We are facing a convergence of crises. All seem
interconnected. From our climate to our health, economy, society, and
Our world needs a rapid exit from all fossil fuels,
and to transition from an extractive economy to a regenerative society. One
part of that picture is the energy transition. We need a new, just energy
system that is 100% renewable, democratically owned, and doesn't compromise the
well-being of future generations.
Community energy is part of the answer
Community-owned energy is one practical way forward
out of multiple crises. By putting energy back in the hands of people and
communities, we can take on climate and social challenges collectively.
The climate crisis often feels like it stems from a
lack of community and democracy. But we have also seen during the COVID-19
pandemic how quickly instincts for mutual aid and collaboration can emerge.
Community energy can revitalise your local economy, by
creating local jobs, reducing energy bills, and helping money stay in the
community. It strengthens communities, reduces energy poverty and enables
people to cut their energy consumption - thereby reducing potential local
opposition to new renewable energy projects.
Millions of people across Europe are stepping up,
growing their own food, reusing and upcycling used products, creating sharing
communities, resisting fossil fuel projects, and running community spaces.
Community energy initiatives in particular have great potential to tackle
New handbook helps people to get involved in community
A beautiful new handbook is here to give you the tools
to get practical and join these movements for local action. Taking practical
steps to initiate projects and change things with others in your community is
the best way to relieve climate anxiety.
Download the guide here
Community Energy: A practical guide to reclaiming
power is a useful and
inspirational handbook, packed with instructions, practical tips, powerful
success stories and invaluable resources to build a local, community-led
renewable energy revolution. From tools on how to put a group together, to
advice on technology and legality, to guidance on overcoming barriers that pop
So if you might be thinking about setting up an energy
community, but aren’t sure where to start; if you’re a group or local authority
making plans; or if you’re just curious - this practical guide is for you!
Call to energy transition action
We need all hands on deck to transform our energy
system. Climate breakdown is not inevitable. People are taking matters into
their own hands, and building a new energy system that works for all.
A better world lies ahead. You and your community can
be part of building it. To change our energy system we need everyone. The
sooner you start, the better!
Ten reasons to get into community energy
You’ll be building
the system needed to stop the climate crisis
redirect money supporting the fossil fuel system
It can reduce energy
poverty in your area
You’ll get to know
your neighbours and strengthen your community
You will produce
your own renewable energy
It creates spaces to
educate people on the issues of energy, climate and democracy
It keeps the money
locally in your community
You will show other
communities what is possible
It will contribute
to creating a more local, more circular economy
You will be building
the kind of world you want to see