Energy

Fusion energy plant could power jobs boom in East Yorkshire

07/07/2022

East Yorkshire could see more than 8,500 new jobs if Goole is selected to be the site of a prototype fusion energy plant, the local authority has said.

Decarbonisation efforts ‘penalise’ rural households, warns think tank

05/07/2022

The Government has been urged to give rural households who live off the gas grid more time to transition to low carbon heating.

Poor insulation costs ‘fuel poor’ households £250 extra a year

01/07/2022

England’s ‘fuel poor’ households are collectively losing £770m a year due to poorly insulated housing, local authority leaders have warned.

Councils invited to join community energy scheme

29/06/2022

A new scheme aimed at bringing councils and communities together to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality has been rolled out across the country.

Council to save £600,000 a year with new solar farm

23/06/2022

Leicestershire County Council has approved plans for a new solar farm that could save the council £600,000 a year in energy bills and cut carbon emissions.

Portsmouth council opposes £1.2bn electric cable

22/06/2022

Portsmouth City Council is formally opposing plans to build a £1.2bn electricity interconnector between Portsmouth and Normandy in France.

Unleash wave of mayoral devo, says think tank

20/06/2022

A report from the centre right Onward think tank has urged the Government to step back from ‘micromanaging’ England’s cities and counties and unleash a wave of mayoral devolution.

Counties in inflation funding call

14/06/2022

County councils have called for extra Government funding to cope with huge increases caused by inflation.

Councils ‘bitterly disappointed’ by oil drilling decision

09/06/2022

The Government has been criticised for granting permission for oil drilling to go ahead on a site in Surrey against the county council’s wishes.

Council submits plans for £12m solar farm

07/06/2022

West Berkshire Council has submitted plans for a £12m solar farm that could generate enough electricity each year to heat over 7,000 homes.

Council announces £250,000 ‘cost of living emergency grant’

27/05/2022

Eastbourne Borough Council has announced a £250,000 ‘cost of living emergency grant’ scheme.

Council chiefs welcome £15bn cost of living package

26/05/2022

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Chancellor’s multi-billion-pound announcement of cost of living payments but called for a ‘longer-term solution’.

Government urged to invest over £2bn a year in energy efficiency measures

23/05/2022

The Government has been urged to commit to spending £2.3bn a year for the next decade on raising the energy efficiency standards of 2.3 million homes.

Public sector buildings to benefit from over £550m of energy efficiency projects

23/05/2022

Hundreds of public buildings are to be upgraded with low carbon heating and energy efficiency measures as part of the effort to cut the use of fossil fuels.

Poorest households struggle to get £150 energy rebate

17/05/2022

The poorest households are struggling to get the £150 energy rebate that local authorities have been tasked with paying, an energy charity has warned.

Performance modelling for energy efficiency key to lessening fuel crisis impacts

11/05/2022

Don McLean explains how local authorities can ensure their built environment is optimised to run at its most efficient, supporting sustainability strategies and mitigating the financial impact of the energy crisis.

All shook up: redesigning Britain's energy system for Net Zero

04/05/2022

Polly Billington argues local leaders should be at the heart of rebuilding energy networks.

Study to see if abandoned mines could be used to heat homes in Cornwall

28/04/2022

A study to determine if abandoned mines could be used to heat new homes will be undertaken in Cornwall.

Whitehall urged to adopt action plan to help councils tackle fuel poverty

20/04/2022

Campaigners have urged the Government to implement a new action plan to help councils tackle fuel poverty.

Council chiefs warn of energy rebate scam

19/04/2022

Local authority leaders are warning residents about a new scam where cold callers pretend to be helping people claim the Government’s £150 energy rebate.

Kent council buys £14m solar farm

07/04/2022

A new 38-hectare solar farm in North Somerset has been acquired by Kent County Council (KCC) and LASER Energy.

Energy strategy to bring about planning overhaul

07/04/2022

The Government is to reform planning regulations in the hope of boosting the nation’s energy supply.

Solar panels to be installed on public buildings in Wales

05/04/2022

Public buildings in Wales are set to have solar panels installed as part of the Welsh government’s efforts to promote community owned renewable energy.

Citizens Advice breaks crisis support record

01/04/2022

The charity Citizens Advice has for the third month in a row broken its record for providing crisis support.

Households in ‘fuel stress’ set to double

01/04/2022

The number of English households in ‘fuel stress’ will double from 2.5 to 5 million as a result of the price cap rising from today, think tank warns.

Government urges councils to review contracts with Russian companies

29/03/2022

The Government has called on all public sector organisations, including local authorities, to urgently review contracts with Russian and Belarussian companies.

Labour leaders warn 12 million people face fuel poverty

18/03/2022

Labour leaders from across the UK have warned that April will bring the biggest fall in living standards in half a century.

Nearly a quarter of older households in England face ‘fuel stress’

11/03/2022

The increase in the cost of energy is set to impact one in four older households and four in five of the poorest, charity warns.

Heat pump strategy leaves ‘questions unanswered’

10/03/2022

The Government’s heat pump strategy leaves ‘many questions unanswered’, the Government's advisory Climate Change Committee (CCC) has said.

Swindon and Wiltshire councils to help deliver £5m home upgrades

09/03/2022

The South West Energy Hub will work with Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council to deliver over £5m worth of home upgrades across Swindon and Wiltshire.

Household income to experience 'sharpest fall since mid-1970s’

08/03/2022

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is likely to cause typical household incomes across Britain to fall by 4% in the coming financial year, think tank says.

Trade unions call for £200 fuel loan to be a grant

07/03/2022

Trade unions have called on the Government to protect working families against further energy price rises as a result of the Ukraine crisis.

Campaigners warn 8.5 million households could face fuel poverty

07/03/2022

Charities and campaigners have warned that one in three households could be plunged into fuel poverty as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Councils rethink £30m of Gazprom spending

03/03/2022

Councils are reconsidering the multi-million pound contracts they have with the state-owned Russian gas company Gazprom in light of Russia’s Ukraine invasion.

County council ends contract with Russian-owned Gazprom

02/03/2022

Suffolk County Council has decided to end its contract with the Russian-owned energy supplier Gazprom in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Councils urge households to arrange direct debits for paying council tax

28/02/2022

Councils are urging residents to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax bill in order to get the £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

Plans to decarbonise housing at risk due to lack of funding

24/02/2022

A lack of clear Government strategies and insufficient financial incentives are undermining progress on decarbonisation in housing sector, housing body warns.

First wave of £67m Home Upgrade Grant awarded to 22 local authorities

22/02/2022

Local authorities will be allocated £67m to help reduce the fuel bills of 4,300 low-income households.

Universal Credit would be better delivery vehicle for energy bills support

17/02/2022

Universal Credit has the data on those likely to need support with energy bills and would be a more effective way to target the £150 council tax rebate, says Deven Ghelani.

Welsh councils call for clarification over council tax rebate

10/02/2022

The Government has reassured council chiefs in Wales that the Welsh government will receive £180m of new funding as a result of the council tax rebate.

Gove asked to clarify new council tax rebate

09/02/2022

Michael Gove has been called on to clarify whether local authorities will be reimbursed for any loses that result from a council tax rebate scheme.

Government announced £179m funding to upgrade social homes

08/02/2022

The first recipients of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund have been announced, which will see 20,000 properties across England receive energy efficiency upgrades.

Sunak unveils £150 council tax rebate

03/02/2022

Local authorities have been tasked with administering a council tax rebate and £144m fund to soften the impact of soaring energy prices.

Council-backed energy firm collapses

18/01/2022

Together Energy has announced today it has ceased trading, exposing Labour-led Warrington Council to heavy financial losses.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

18/01/2022

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

More children 'sinking deeper into poverty' report warns

18/01/2022

People on the lowest incomes should receive an emergency payment from the Government to prevent rising energy costs from 'devastating' the poorest families, a new report has warned.

Households suffering ‘fuel stress’ set to treble to over six million

17/01/2022

The number of households suffering from ‘fuel stress’ is set to treble this April to over six million as a result of the new energy price cap.

Council goes nearly two decades without paying for gas

12/01/2022

Beverly Town Council has set up a formal investigation after it became clear that it does not have a gas supplier despite receiving gas since 2004.

Council-backed energy firm close to collapse

05/01/2022

Together Energy, which is 50% owned by Warrington Council, is close to running out of funding, according to reports.

New building renovation framework to support local authorities

14/12/2021

A new framework to help local authorities meet net zero targets through building renovation has been published.

Welsh councils offer £100 winter fuel payment

13/12/2021

Eligible people in Wales will be able to claim a £100 payment from their local authority to provide support towards paying their winter fuel bills.

Support for Local Authorities to Deliver £1.5bn of Funding for Energy Efficiency Projects

09/12/2021

The government have pledged £1.5bn to support energy efficiency projects across England and Effective Energy Group are ready to help Local Authorities access this funding and deliver projects.

Combined authority launches £18m fund to boost green investment

01/12/2021

The North of Tyne Combined Authority has joined with an infrastructure investment group to launch an £18m Green New Deal Fund (GNDF).

Research highlights regional differences on fuel poverty

24/11/2021

New research has highlighted ‘glaring disparities’ on fuel poverty levels across England.

Wales’ fuel poverty scheme should be ‘greener’

23/11/2021

The Welsh government's Warm Homes Programme needs to be greener, clearer and more tightly managed, auditors say.

County commits £12.8m to decarbonise its buildings

11/11/2021

Suffolk County Council will invest £12.8m to reduce the carbon produced by hundreds of its buildings.

HELP4HOMES: A New Opportunity for Local Authorities to Support Fuel Poor Residents

03/11/2021

Effective Energy Group is extending an invite to Local Authorities to work together on a new support fund designed to tackle fuel poverty.

Accelerating local government’s transition to net zero with AI-enabled procurement

22/10/2021

Muhammad Malik explains how local government can harness AI technologies to streamline the cost of procuring renewable energy without impacting daily operations.

Councils call for £12.2bn investment to achieve net zero

19/10/2021

Councils could retrofit over 1,000 homes a day with energy efficiency measures by 2030 with the right investment and powers, a report has argued today.

London boroughs agree retrofitting housing plan

15/10/2021

A new plan to upgrade all housing stock in the capital has been agreed by all the London boroughs.

New site for UK fusion energy plant whittled down to five

14/10/2021

Five sites have been shortlisted to be the new location for the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant.

Families with children to lose £20 a week over winter

27/09/2021

A typical low-income family with children could see their income fall by over £20 a week over the next six months, a think tank has warned.

Nearly £60m low carbon growth programme approved for Swansea

24/09/2021

The UK and Welsh governments have approved the £58.7 million Swansea Bay City Deal’s Supporting Innovation and Low Carbon Growth programme.

Energy Efficient Retrofitting – New Funding Opportunities and Support Available for Local Authorities

21/09/2021

Effective Energy Group is the leading Retrofit Energy Efficiency Solutions Provider in England with 10+ years’ experience of delivering retrofit projects.

Making the case for a 'Good Home Agency'

16/09/2021

Pat Ritchie argues a lack of a coherent local strategy is largely to blame for England’s poor housing.

Bids open for £160m fund to improve efficiency of social housing

23/08/2021

Social housing providers are being urged to bid for a share of £160m to create warmer, greener and cheaper homes for tenants.

Shapps unveils winners of £2.5m hydrogen competition

17/08/2021

Hydrogen transport pilots in the Tees Valley will establish UK as a leader in the technology, transport secretary Grant Shapps said.

Welsh Government doubles spending for low carbon social homes

05/08/2021

The Welsh Government has doubled its spending on social housing for rent in order to deliver 20,000 new low carbon homes.

Decarbonising your housing stock with heat pumps

23/07/2021

William Eichler reports from the recent Green Housing Forum webinar, looking at the funding available to local authorities to deliver low carbon homes.

An energy market reform that would help local communities and the planet

19/07/2021

Steve Shaw explains why community energy is a tried-and-tested means of engaging people in the energy system.

Leaders call for new powers to tackle climate change

13/07/2021

A cross-party group of 32 mayors and local leaders have called for greater powers and resources to deliver net zero.

Potential sites for prototype fusion energy plant are unveiled

14/06/2021

The fifteen sites that are in the running to host the UK’s prototype fusion energy plant have been announced.

How local government can capitalise on its unique position in the race to net zero

28/05/2021

Chris Bowden outlines how leaders in local government can set their councils up to reach net zero.

Tackling the red tape in green energy

25/05/2021

How do we make net zero more accessible for public sector bodies? Ranjit Singh reports.

Making marginal gains

25/05/2021

Ian Nicol explains how making a small change can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing carbon emissions.

MPs hit out at decision to scrap Green Homes Grant

21/04/2021

The Government’s decision to scrap the Green Homes Grant scheme could lead to a ‘postcode lottery’ in local energy efficiency schemes, MPs have warned today.

Majority of new homes classed as energy efficient, figures reveal

07/04/2021

The majority of new homes in England are in the most energy efficient bands, according to the latest official figures.

Government allocates £562m green improvement fund

23/03/2021

Over 50,000 social housing properties and low-income households will be upgraded with green improvements with the launch of a £562m Government fund.

Government unveils hydrogen transport hub ‘masterplan’

17/03/2021

The Government has unveiled the official ‘masterplan’ for the UK’s first-ever hydrogen transport hub.

Council plans England’s first sewage-powered heating scheme

26/02/2021

Plans to heat more than 2,000 homes using energy recovered from the sewage treatment process have been unveiled by Kingston Council.

Social housing sector calls for guidance to meet sustainability targets

16/02/2021

Nine in 10 social housing construction professionals believe the sector is in urgent need of new Government guidelines if it is going to meet sustainability targets, a new survey has revealed.

UK set for first hydrogen homes

16/02/2021

The UK’s first homes with appliances fuelled entirely by hydrogen will be built in Gateshead this April.

Lack of data affecting decision on local energy projects, councils warn

26/01/2021

The majority of councils are struggling to access the data they need to make informed decisions around local energy projects, a new survey has revealed.

New homes will need to reduce emissions by at least 75% by 2025

20/01/2021

All new buildings will have to meet tough new energy efficiency standards under plans published by the Government.

Local authorities can lead green agenda by taking advantage of government incentives

11/01/2021

With the right support, UK local authorities can lead the charge on introducing new energy efficiency measures – but tapping into government funding is key, explains Dr Tanja Groth.

Local authorities need greater clarity and commitment from government to make our homes greener

16/12/2020

Mike Thornton argues local authorities cannot be successful in reducing carbon emissions in their areas without the backing of a clear national policy framework.

Mapping tool reveals heat stored in abandoned coal mines

02/12/2020

Local authorities can now for the first time access maps which reveal the extent to which heat is stored in Britain’s abandoned coal mines, the Government has announced.

Regions urged to apply to host UK's prototype fusion power plant

02/12/2020

Local communities and regions are being invited to put forward proposals to host the UK’s prototype fusion energy power plant.

Council raises £1m for solar panels through ‘community investment’

19/11/2020

Warrington Borough Council’s first Community Municipal Investment (CMI) has reached its £1m target thanks to investments from over 500 people across the UK.

Creating a greener local government

19/11/2020

Mark Doyle, a senior corporate account manager at Gazprom Energy, looks at how to create a greener local government.

Meeting Government green targets: How to stay ahead of the curve

16/11/2020

Jo Mills argues the UK’s green recovery must be at the forefront of the public sector’s agenda to ensure local authorities are on track to meet 2050 net-zero targets

Thousands of social homes to be decarbonised in Wales

06/11/2020

The Welsh Government has committed £10m to upgrade the energy efficiency of at least 1,000 existing social homes.

London boroughs call for £115m to retrofit energy inefficient buildings

03/11/2020

Local authorities in London are calling on the Government to ‘secure London’s environmental and economic future’ by increasing funding for councils to retrofit energy inefficient buildings.

Jenrick confirms rapid review into Nottingham City Council

03/11/2020

A rapid non-statutory review will be conducted into Nottingham City Council following the collapse of its Robin Hood Energy scheme.

Keep all options on the table to decarbonise heat

20/10/2020

Daniel Burton argues that councils will need to consider the latest technology-driven solutions to deliver low-carbon heating at scale.

Government unveils £1bn funding to improve energy efficiency of public buildings

01/10/2020

Local authorities are being urged to apply for a share of £1bn to improve the energy efficiency of publicly owned buildings.

Teesside mayor announces UK’s first hydrogen transport centre

30/09/2020

Teesside is set to become the site of the UK’s first hydrogen transport centre, the Tees Valley mayor has announced.

How local authorities can make money from energy

28/09/2020

Stephen Stead explains how councils can use their existing assets to generate new revenue streams.

Manchester councils secure funding for clean energy project

23/09/2020

Funding to develop a clean energy project has been awarded to five councils in Greater Manchester that have declared a climate emergency.

Holyrood announces £16m for fuel-poor households

17/09/2020

Fuel-poor households in Scotland are to benefit from a further £16m investment to improve energy efficiency in their homes, Scottish government announces.

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