The Next Generation programme supported survey research with 205 members of three community energy groups that are structured as ‘Community Benefit Societies’. The aim was to find out about their members, many of whom owned community shares in these group, and explore the difference that community energy made to their lives.
Key findings were that:
- Most members are motivated by addressing climate change, not financial return.
- Membership of these groups can prompt members to adopt pro-environmental behaviours.
- Most members would like to invest in community energy again and – assuming that bank base rates remained low – don’t expect a large return on their investment.
- Most members agree that their group is well run and communicates effectively.
- Membership of these three groups is currently fairly diverse in terms of income level, but less so in terms of gender and ethnicity.