Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) is a local community energy co-operative, taking forward, community-owned, renewable energy initiatives & energy efficiency services.  Providing social, economic & environment returns to the local community to benefit future generations’

NICE Summary Information

Northern Ireland Community Energy (NICE) is Northern Ireland’s first community owned, renewable energy, benefit society (BenCom). A pioneering not-for-profit social enterprise established December 2014. NICE vision is to create community-owned renewable energy projects and energy efficiency services which retain financial revenues within the local community and contribute to reducing their carbon footprint. By engaging and working collaboratively with communities NICE aims to:-

  • help local communities to become more resilient by recycling and retaining money rather than seeing it syphoned out of the community on fossil fuels;
  • provide an economic benefit reinvestment through a community fund for further community energy initiatives;
  • reduce their utility costs & become more sustainable;
  • showcase renewable energy and low carbon technologies;
  • give the local community an opportunity to share in economies of scale;
  • share technical expertise and growing knowledge base;
  • empower and share in decision making invigorating local democratic participation;
  • demonstrate community energy enterprises can support the switch to renewable energy at the same time as strengthening the local economy;
  • generate, clean, green, reliable and affordable energy.

NICE operates under the core co-operative values and principles, these and further information about this society can be viewed in ‘About NICE’.