ABOUT

We’re a social enterprise that’s out to prove we can meet our energy needs in a way that’s good for people and the planet

What is Community Energy?

If we want a renewable energy future in the UK – and specifically one that is developed for the benefit of local economies and communities – we will need to stand up for it, together.

To us, community energy needs to be a fundamental part of the national energy transition. This means creating projects owned or controlled by communities, which aim to reduce energy demand or to supply renewable energy to power local buildings.

Our ambition is for the whole of Oxfordshire to be powered by an interconnected series of smart micro-grids centred around multiple small scale, community controlled renewable energy schemes.

Find out more about what community energy means to us, and our plan to make it happen in Oxfordshire, in the Low Carbon Hub Community Energy Manifesto.

The vision for Oxfordshire’s energy future set out in this manifesto is not just highly ambitious. It is eminently achievable, and based on a credible and sophisticated analysis of local energy trends, challenges and opportunities. It also pulls off the magic trick of being attractive and compelling! The future outlined here is one that people will want to be a part of creating.

If only every UK city and county had a Low Carbon Hub as effective as Oxfordshire’s, our national energy transition would be in the bag.

LEO MURRAY
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY, 10:10

A New Energy System

The days of fossil fuels are numbered. The shift to renewable generation is gaining pace and gives us the opportunity to reshape the way we manage our energy.

We are calling for the creation of a new system that:

  • has renewable generation and energy efficiency at its heart, reducing carbon emissions
  • makes the money we spend on energy work harder for the benefit of our communities and strengthening the local economy
  • supports the creation of more locally-owned community energy projects, putting local power in the hands of local people
  • makes our homes, businesses, and community buildings more healthy and comfortable
  • is smart and flexible so as to be able to make the most of future technological solutions.

Our vision

Each year, Oxfordshire spends £1.5 billion on energy. By encouraging energy efficiency, increasing local energy generation, supporting the shift to electric transport and championing community ownership, Low Carbon Hub is ensuring that more of this money stays local. In the process, we are creating a better energy template for not just Oxfordshire but the whole of the UK.

Our awards

In 2016 Low Carbon Hub was proud to be awarded the Ashden Award for Sustainable Communities – the world’s leading green energy award.

The judges were impressed with the scale and breadth of our work with communities, businesses and schools across Oxfordshire to move community energy forward.

Low Carbon Hub has an extremely compelling vision for the rivers and rooftops of Oxfordshire to be the power stations of the future, delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for residents.

Ashden Award Judges

Business plan

Read our plan for what we want to achieve over the next few years.

  • News story

    The Community Energy Fund 2021 is open!

    18th November 2020
    Our Community Energy Fund has now re-opened for new investment. With your help, we can make an energy system that works for all of us, and for the planet, a reality. Find out more below, or invest in the Community Energy Fund now. Deadline: 31 March 2021Target raise: £1.5 million Minimum investment: £100Maximum investment: £100,000Interest rate: 5%…