About BEN

The Bristol Energy Network is an umbrella organisation for all community energy groups in Bristol and the surrounding area. It aims to facilitate and promote the diverse activities and projects undertaken by its community energy group members by

  • cascading news, information and policy updates from local partners and national organisations,
  • acting as a conduit between local groups and external organisations and
  • providing an open platform for the sharing of resources, ideas and debate through regular open meetings. 

The network is strongly action-orientated. It seeks to promote collaboration between existing and new groups whilst undertaking projects of benefit for all.

Bristol Community Strategy for Energy


The Strategy was launched during Big Green Week by Bristol's Mayor, George Ferguson  on Friday 21st June in the Solar Pavilion on College Green

George  also launched Bristol Solar City, an initiative to make Bristol the UK's solar capital.  

To find out more about the strategy and the next steps in its development click on the strategy tab above.


Energy Champions calendar, listing training and events, can be found here: http://www.bristolenergynetwork.org/content/calendar
Bristol City Council press release on 23 March 2015 announces new funding from DECC
This event on March 18th 2015 outlined the changes in structure arising from the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and the new rules on eligibility for tax relief of community energy organisations - particularly those raising money through share offers


Sat 13th Jun, 9:00am
The Festival of Nature 2015 will land in Bristol Harbourside on the 13th & 14th of June.
Tue 16th Jun, 7:00pm
In our year as #EuropeanGreenCapital multiple voices can be heard, from the council through businesses to communities, each articulating their own vision of a potential energy future. But from this noise, what road will be taken?
Tue 23rd Jun, 6:00pm
Why are Bristol community energy groups mostly from a narrow section of a diverse community? Why is it so hard to get others involved?

Group Map

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The bristol community energy map displays current groups ... if you're not on this map but want to be, or if you are on the map and want to change your entry, just email communities@cse.org.uk Its had over 30,000 views so far!


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