The number of new community-owned renewable energy projects of the sort backed by Jeremy Corbyn this week has plummeted after a series of government decisions have made many proposals for wind and solar farms no longer viable. Only 10 new community energy organisations have been registered so far this year, compared to 76 last year, according to new data from the trade body Co-operatives UK. The fall has been directly attributed to policy reforms in the last two years as government ministers noticeably cooled on renewable energy before and after the 2015 general election, with subsidy rates slashed and tax relief ended. These changes stand in stark contrast to the promises made this summer by Theresa May of a windfall for local residents from fracking operations, which could amount to thousands of pounds per household.
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