Former Friends of the Earth Director Jonathon Porritt says it could be time to get seriously excited about the prospects for community energy in England. First off, it’s great to see the launch of Community Energy England (CEE). For some time now, there has been a real need for a new representative body to promote the interests of those running projects on the ground. The launch shows the sector is shifting from a niche activity run by hard-core pioneers to a potentially disruptive force that can be tapped into by any community. And then, somewhat less excitingly, we have to celebrate the launch of the government’s community energy strategy in January. This was an important step that it was able to take because there was enough activity on the ground to make it look credible enough inside government (and particularly inside the Treasury!) and the rest of the energy sector.