Majority of UK public back tax relief for community energy

Eight in 10 (82%) believe that the government should be doing more to help local communities generate their own energy, according to an ICM poll conducted on behalf of Community Energy England.

Published on 21 June, the poll further revealed that two in three (69%) think that the government should offer tax relief to individuals who invest in community energy. Respondents also were found to be supportive of contributing financially to help to develop more community energy schemes. Almost three-quarters (74%) stated that they would pay a 25p surcharge each year on their energy bill to ensure a “massive expansion” of community energy, with profits remaining in the local area.

Emma Bridge, Chief Executive of Community Energy England, said: “The closure of the Feed-in-Tariff scheme has left many community projects struggling to develop business models, and at the same time Government still refuses to allow investors in community energy schemes to be eligible for Social Investment Tax Relief.”

Community Energy England