Community Energy is an international movement that is well established in Europe and in the past 10 years has gained traction in Australia.
- Did you know that in Scotland has and that the Scottish Government set a target of 500 MW by 2020 for community energy.
- Did you know that Denmark has a long history of community ownership of modern wind turbines, dating back to the late 1970s. By 2001 over 100,000 families belonged to wind turbine cooperatives, which had installed 86% of all the wind turbines in Denmark. By 2004 over 150,000 were either members or owned turbines, and about 5,500 turbines had been installed, although with greater private sector involvement the proportion owned by cooperatives had fallen to 75%. Wind co-operatives range in size between one and 10 turbines, both on and off shore dotting the landscape with small clusters of turbines.
- Did you know that is Germany has is a leader in community energy project installations, but unlike Denmark, they have actively pursued both wind, bioenergy and solar projects.
The Renewables 2016 Global Status Report identified that community energy initiatives are increasingly becoming a least-cost option for energy supply for households and small businesses, particularly in rural locations. Community Energy is able to provide opportunities for households, communities, local governments and businesses to collaborate in the growth of renewable energy with benefits directly felt in the local communities, including the reduction in emissions.
In Australia Community Energy is powering forward across all states and territories. The Community Power Agency has mapped community Energy Groups in Australia.
Currently in Australia there are 60 community energy projects up and running and 80 active groups who are developing projects in various stages
It is driven by common values and causes in that communities want to have a say over their energy future and to take local practical action on tackling climate change and reducing emissions.