Ed Davey wants the Government to reward community energy schemes more

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Energy secretary Ed Davey has suggested the Government will look into more ways of supporting local energy projects.

His announcement comes in light of a new study from Databuild Research and Solutions, which claims more and more people are joining community schemes in the hope of driving down energy bills in their area.

The research also found local champions played a huge part in the success of a community project, with access to investment and skills also vital components.

As part of its commitment to community energy schemes, the Government has launched a Call For Evidence consultation set to last eight weeks until August 1 2013.

The Government hopes its consultation will provide more evidence on the potential benefits of community energy, identify innovative approaches and also understand any barriers to community energy.

Energy secretary, Ed Davey, said: "Community groups know their local area best, so I want to see them taking control of their own energy projects, generating their own power and shielding themselves against the rising cost of wholesale energy prices.

"This type of collective action has great benefits for local economies, creating jobs, offering the opportunity to develop new skills and injecting investment across the country.

"That's why we set out a clear commitment to supporting community energy in the Coalition Agreement. Later this year we will publish a Community Energy Strategy, setting out our vision, and a clear plan of action for making it happen."

Under the proposals, the Government hopes to reconnect even more communities to the energy they use each and every day. It hopes the upcoming Community Energy Strategy will then encourage a plethora of new schemes.

The Government already has initiatives such as the Green Deal in place to aid individual homeowners make their property more energy efficient.

Under the scheme, energy consumers receive subsidies on items such as replacements boilers, but many other measures such as the fitting of solar panels are also included to aid anyone looking to generate their own energy.

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