Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE)
Community Energy is an innovative new sector in Australia and follows in the footsteps of the highly successful sectors in Germany, Denmark and Scotland. For example, more than half of the installed renewable energy capacity in Germany is directly owned by communities and individuals; and the community-owned wind power sector in Denmark led the creation of the global commercial windfarm industry.
Community energy projects are developed and owned by local residents and organisations. Their most significant value and impact is through the community building, engagement and education which occurs as part of every project. This regional development model and approach is being applied to all aspects of the energy system (ie. including education, energy efficiency and storage) as well as across all renewable energy technologies (from solar PV and windfarms to bioenergy and concentrated solar thermal).
The Australian Community Energy sector could follow in the footsteps of successes of Europe: with government grant funding and support in Scotland the number of projects has grown from just a few to more than 300 in less than a decade.
A super-majority of Australians are supportive of renewable energy, and this is reflected in the fact that over 1 million Australian homeowners have now invested in solar Pv.
- Contributed over AU$23 million in community funding for energy infrastructure
- Installed over 9 MW of renewable energy systems
- Produced over 50,000 MWh of clean energy (as of the end of 2014)
- Avoided over 43,000 tonnes in carbon emissions
- Developed a membership and supporter base of over 21,000 people (not including the support base of organisations like ATA, Embark, Starfish and the Community Power Agency that support community energy groups).
C4CE is set up as a collective impact coalition. As such its role in supporting initiatives of member groups and community energy projects generally is:
- Assist raise the profile of community energy generally and various member group projects specifically
- Provide information resources and referrals for groups to help progress their projects
- Provide more in-depth support for projects which become Strategic Initiatives of C4CE (which requires formal approval and the involvement of at least two members).
The current priorities for the Coalition are:
- Continue to champion the Fund Community Energy Campaign
- Prepare the second National Community Energy Congress
- Implementation of the National Community Energy Strategy
Starfish is a Founding Partner of the Coalition and actively involved with:
- Development of the community energy movement and sector
- Auspice for the Renewables for ALL initiative
- Implementation of the collaborative network governance model
- Support for branding, marketing and communication systems