Community Energy – Green Question Time 2015

On 10th April we hosted a Green Question Time, attended by Steven Jackson (Conservative) and Angela Smith (Labour) and chaired by Paul Bridges.

Here is the question about community energy:

What policies do you have to help community Energy projects?

Penistone FoE group members doing the hydro survey

Steven Jackson for webThe NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) has cut red tape to make it easier for community energy projects to get permission. If you are not in a conservation area, you can put up solar panels or ground source heat pumps.

The long term plan has to involve renewables and we have introduced the Green Deal to support technologies.


Angela Smith for webInvestment is required in renewables to show confidence in their long term future. The previous Labour government legislated for zero carbon targets for new housing by 2016, but these targets were taken out by the Conservatives.

Labour would bring them back and would give the Green Investment Bank powers to lend money to businesses to invest in renewables and energy saving.