Fusion energy plant could power jobs boom in East Yorkshire


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Councils ‘bitterly disappointed’ by oil drilling decision


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


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’


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

Council chiefs welcome £15bn cost of living package


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Council chiefs warn of energy rebate scam


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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’


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Welsh councils offer £100 winter fuel payment


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


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


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


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

Wales’ fuel poverty scheme should be ‘greener’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Tackling the red tape in green energy


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

Making marginal gains


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Manchester councils secure funding for clean energy project


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


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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