RenewableUK has commented on the launch of the government’s community energy strategy and looks forward to working with government to help communities take control of their energy future.

The wind industry already places communities at the very heart of its development, and last year approved a new protocol for onshore wind developers, which increases the levels of community benefits, which are then decided by the local community according to their own individual needs.

RenewableUK deputy chief executive Maf Smith said, "RenewableUK is committed to helping communities engage in renewable energy, and sponsored a report from Respublica on this last year. We look forward to working with Government, communities and our members on addressing some of the barriers that currently exist to the development of further community ownership.

"With wind power already enjoying massive levels of popularity with communities around the country, the industry is eager to do what it can help find ways of maximising local participation in the future energy supply".