Energy

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.

Nottingham agrees governance overhaul

28/08/2020

The council will implement a raft of measures in a bid to improve oversight of its companies after its energy firm incurred a £24m loss.

North East councils team up for £2.1bn energy and waste project

24/07/2020

Seven councils across the North East have joined forces on a £2.1bn energy and waste project.

Planning reforms to boost renewable energy

14/07/2020

Planning rules have been relaxed to make it easier to build large batteries to store renewable energy from solar and wind farms.

Sunak outlines £3bn green investment package

08/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £1bn will be made available to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals.

Retrofit can provide a green stimulus to the UK’s regions

29/06/2020

Richard McWilliams argues that net zero objectives will only be met through a holistic approach to whole house retrofit.

Local leaders join forces on home retrofit project

10/06/2020

A new project to help local and combined authorities upgrade the energy efficiency of their existing housing stock has been launched by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

Council to sell Bristol Energy

03/06/2020

Bristol City Council has given the go-ahead to put its loss-making energy company up for sale.

Council approves UK’s first waste-to-jet-fuel plant

22/05/2020

North East Lincolnshire Council has given the green to the UK’s first commercial waste-to-jet-fuel plant.

Islington Council launches ‘revolutionary’ energy centre

05/03/2020

Islington Council today launched an energy centre which converts waste heat from the London underground into heating for homes, schools and leisure centres.

A pathway to low carbon heat

03/03/2020

Ian Rose explains why decarbonising home heating offers financial opportunity to registered social landlords.

Government backs hydrogen energy plants

20/02/2020

The Government has announced £90m in funding to cut carbon emissions from homes and heavy industry.

New pilot to turn existing social homes into net-zero properties

20/02/2020

A pilot to turn existing council homes into net-zero energy properties is being trialled by Exeter City Council.

West Midlands secures funding for smart energy projects

20/02/2020

Three projects in the West Midlands have received £3m of Government funding to drive forward state-of-the-art carbon neutral technologies.

Green energy - the linchpin of EV success

11/02/2020

Thomas Newby explains why green energy is the linchpin of electric vehicles success for local government.

Scottish councils sign £700m contract to ‘transform waste’

16/01/2020

Five Scottish councils have signed a contract that will see up to 190,000 tonnes of black bag waste diverted from landfill and converted to low carbon energy.

Striking a clean energy deal

17/12/2019

William Eichler finds out how and why 20 universities have signed a £50m landmark renewable energy deal.

Renewables at no upfront cost?

16/12/2019

Rebecca Lawson explains why local authorities are embracing community energy.

Cities can address climate crisis by ‘joining the dots’ between sectors

14/11/2019

Cities can help protect the environment by linking up their policies on transport, energy and the built environment, according to campaigners.

Whitehall to pay Yorkshire company £30m to build ‘modern, green homes’

04/11/2019

The Government yesterday announced it will be paying £30m to a construction firm in Yorkshire to make the North of England the ‘world-leader in the creation of modern, green homes’.

Council invests £18m in energy company

14/10/2019

Warrington Borough Council has agreed to invest £18m into a Scotland-based energy company because of its ‘unique industry business model’.

All council buildings in Southampton to use 100% green electricity

01/10/2019

All commercial buildings owned by Southampton City Council will now be powered by renewable energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 7,000 tonnes a year.

Whitehall announces 12 renewable energy projects

20/09/2019

The Government has announced 12 new renewable energy projects which are set to deliver clean energy to seven million homes.

Energy storage solutions

06/09/2019

Alexandra Hammond explains why battery storage is now a focal element of estates planning in public sector organisations.

Portsmouth’s energy firm sale falls through

29/08/2019

Portsmouth City Council has admitted defeat in its search for a buyer for its energy company.

Corbyn promises £3.5bn for tidal power scheme

26/07/2019

The Labour Party has announced plans to invest £3.5bn into the Mersey Tidal Power Project as part of a ‘green industrial revolution’ to give the North an economic boost.

Cuadrilla plans second fracking well in Lancashire

12/07/2019

Fracking company Cuadrilla has announced it plans to drill a second well in Lancashire before its planning permission runs out in November. 

Communities urged to bid for share of Clean Energy Fund

19/06/2019

A £10m fund set up by the Government will encourage community groups to save on energy bills, cut emissions and make money by selling electricity back to the national grid.

Are local authorities the new power players in the energy market?

29/05/2019

Investment in renewable energy is becoming increasingly popular as a means to optimise existing assets. Clare Davey investigates this growing trend.

Local government’s role in renewable energy awareness

08/05/2019

Marcus Franck explains how councils can increase awareness of renewable energy and tackle the lack of clarity on facts surrounding the technology.

Unlocking low carbon finance

08/04/2019

Cllr Judith Blake explains what initiatives Leeds City Council is embracing to unlock low-carbon finance.

Heat networks can deliver huge energy savings with regional leadership

01/04/2019

Abandoning one-boiler-per-property model could deliver carbon savings, but it won’t happen without strategies at the regional level, argues Sweco's Andy King.

Council to bask in glow of solar farm cash

27/02/2019

Warrington Council expects to generate an estimated operating surplus of £150m over 30 years after buying two UK solar farms.

Around £2bn of clean energy projects ‘stuck’ due to lack of funds

30/01/2019

A ‘temperature check’ survey has identified an estimated £2bn worth of council clean energy projects that are struggling to progress due to underfunding.

Scottish government must eradicate ‘extreme fuel poverty’, committee says

29/01/2019

A Holyrood committee has called on the Scottish government to eradicate ‘extreme fuel poverty’ over the next two decades.

Future-proofing energy systems

28/01/2019

Local Government News finds out how councils can ensure their energy systems are prepared to cope with seasonal changes.

Financing the low carbon economy

23/01/2019

George Matthew explains what funding is available to enable local authorities to deliver heat networks.

Barking and Dagenham launches green energy company

21/01/2019

A London borough has today launched its own greener energy provider which it argues will save residents money.

Welsh council ‘profoundly’ disappointed at suspension of nuclear deal

18/01/2019

The Isle of Anglesey council has expressed ‘profound disappointment and concern’ at Hitachi’s decision to suspend work on a nuclear power plant in north Wales.

Leeds aims for zero carbon energy economy

17/12/2018

Leeds City Region could become one of the world’s first zero carbon energy economies thanks to a new energy strategy.

Permission granted for ‘fracking’ site despite council’s opposition

17/08/2018

A planning application to explore underground shale gas reserves in Derbyshire has been given a green light despite objections from the county council.

Council loses £2.5m as it abandons energy company

13/08/2018

Portsmouth City Council has put a stop to its fledgling energy company after financial experts warned it would require over £15m of extra investment.

Council’s solar farm generates £1.3m in second year

07/08/2018

Forest Heath council’s solar farm has generated more than £1.3m of income, enabling the authority to plough over £370,000 back into council services.

Whitehall to consult on allowing ‘fracking’ without planning permission

20/07/2018

The Government yesterday launched a consultation on plans to allow drilling for shale gas to go ahead without planning permission.

Resourceful partners

10/07/2018

This summer, with the support of three councils, the HERU (Home Energy Resources Unit) will be going out for field trials. Ruth Corrall and Vic Allison looks at the HERU and what the councils hope to achieve with their involvement.

UK can be run on 50% renewables by 2030, commission says

10/07/2018

Britain has a ‘golden opportunity’ to switch to renewable energy sources without increasing the cost to consumers, a national commission has revealed.

Swansea proposes first council-owned energy company in Wales

29/06/2018

The first council-owned energy company could be set up in Wales, following proposals published by Swansea Council.

Councils urged to set up 'Energy Boards' to roll-out charging infrastructure

08/06/2018

Local authorities are been urged to set up ‘Energy Boards’ and appoint an electric vehicle champion in a new guide out today.

Swansea welcomes £200m offer for tidal lagoon

06/06/2018

Swansea Council has welcomed a £200m offer from the Welsh government to support its tidal lagoon project after Westminster suggested it did not offer value for money.

Bristol forced to dop contract with its own energy firm

26/04/2018

Bristol City Council has been forced to award its energy contract to one of the Big Six, despite owning its own energy supplier.

Councils spending at least £863m per year on energy with Big Six

20/04/2018

Local authorities are spending over £863m with the Big Six energy companies every year, according to new research.

Cardiff considering £26.5m scheme to reduce carbon emissions

20/04/2018

Cardiff Council are considering a £26.5m scheme which could heat public and commercial buildings across the city using non-recyclable waste.

Upgrading wind farms could bring £100m to communities, study says

27/03/2018

Updating wind farms would bring millions into local communities and put the UK on track to meet its climate change targets, climate scientists say.

Fuel poverty kills thousands every year, charity reveals

26/02/2018

The UK has the sixth-highest rate of excess winter deaths in Europe with thousands dying preventable deaths every year, fuel poverty charity finds.

Sussex councils launch partnership to reduce residents’ energy bills

16/02/2018

Councils in Sussex are trying to get residents to save up to £300 per year on their energy bills by switching to a ‘not-for-profit’ council energy partnership.

Refuse vehicles could be powered by household waste

22/01/2018

A city council is planning on running its refuse collection vehicles on electricity generated by the city’s household waste.

Greening the school estate

04/01/2018

More energy efficient school buildings could save the Department for Education £2.6bn a year, a new report has found. Laura Sharman examines the findings in more detail.

Delivering low carbon heat

13/12/2017

The decarbonisation of the UK’s electricity networks is set to have significant implications for how we deliver low carbon heat to new buildings in the future. Sam Mackilligin reports.

Council to build ‘largest’ battery-based electricity storage facilities

29/11/2017

A Swindon Borough Council owned company has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK’s largest battery-based electricity storage facilities.

District heat networks could save UK £30bn

07/11/2017

The UK could save up to £30bn through the adoption of district heat networks, research suggests.

London’s first not-for-profit energy provider in 100 years

18/10/2017

Islington Council has launched London’s first municipal energy provider in more than a century, aiming to save residents up to £277 per year.

Combined authority bids for £200m government investment

17/10/2017

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has bid for more than £200m of government investment in its Autumn Budget submission.

Wasted energy in UK equivalent to output of six power stations, study finds

06/09/2017

Energy equivalent to the output of six power stations is being wasted in UK homes, according to researchers.

Councils awarded £4.4m for ‘innovative’ energy efficiency projects

11/08/2017

Councils across Scotland are to share £4.4m to deliver innovative ways to tackle fuel poverty and reduce emissions.

CHP: The common pitfalls

12/07/2017

Ruth Barnes outlines the common pitfalls local authorities and their development partners face when embarking on Combined Heat and Power (CHP) projects.

Local authorities could do more to improve energy efficiency, tech company says

22/06/2017

Councils and other organisations could do more to improve energy efficiency, according to analysis by a major technology company.

Liverpool launches not-for-profit energy company

26/04/2017

Liverpool City Council has launched a not-for-profit energy company to tackle fuel poverty.

First round of councils chosen to deliver new heat networks

07/04/2017

Funding to develop clean and efficient heating systems has been awarded to 13 local authorities.

Councils agree £150m Energy from Waste facility

27/10/2016

Three Scottish councils have agreed to work together to build a new Energy from Waste facility in Aberdeen.

Council’s electricity supply goes 100% green

14/10/2016

Cambridge City Council has announced its intention to purchase all of its electricity from 100% renewable sources in a push to make the city ‘sustainable’.

Whale carcass to be used for biofuel

03/10/2016

The carcass of a whale washed up on a Devon beach will be used to create biofuel.

Energy switching service to raise funds for council

19/09/2016

Portsmouth has launched a new comparison website and energy switching service which will help raise revenue for the city council.

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Sharpening the commercial edge

The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.
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