Council launches UK’s first local government green bond


The UK’s first local government green bond has been launched by West Berkshire Council.

Planning reforms to boost renewable energy


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

Councils predict one million new low-carbon jobs by 2050


The low-carbon and renewable energy economy could create nearly 700,000 jobs by 2030 in England, increasing to 1.18 million by 2050, a new report has revealed.

Council considers community bond scheme


Warrington Borough Council has put forward plans for a Community Municipal Bond (CMB) scheme to help deliver a new solar farm.

Government backs hydrogen energy plants


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

All council buildings in Southampton to use 100% green electricity


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.

Welsh councils to receive over £400,000 for electric charge points


Nine local authorities in Wales are set to receive hundreds of thousands of pounds in funding from Whitehall to install electric vehicle charge points.

Whitehall announces 12 renewable energy projects


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

Council-owned solar farm generates £1.2m for frontline services


One of the largest local authority owned solar farms in the UK has exceeded expectations and generated more than £1.5m of income in its third year – around £100,000 more than anticipated.

Corbyn promises £3.5bn for tidal power scheme


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.

Communities urged to bid for share of Clean Energy Fund


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?


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


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

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


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.

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


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

Welsh councils slam Swansea lagoon decision


A Government decision to reject plans for the world's first tidal power lagoon in Cardiff has been slammed by local politicians of all parties including the Conservatives.

Swansea welcomes £200m offer for tidal lagoon


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.

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


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

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


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

Belfast CC calls for inquiry into ‘shambolic’ renewable heat incentive


Belfast City Council has passed a motion calling on Whitehall to open a full public inquiry into the ‘shambolic’ renewable heat incentive (RHI) scheme.

District buys solar farm for new revenue source


Forest Heath District Council has purchased the largest local authority-owned solar farm in the UK, which will generate income of up to £700,000 per year.

Council solar bonds sell out one month early


Council-issued solar bonds, designed to partially fund a solar farm in Swindon, have sold out a month earlier than expected.

Scottish councils sign shared services waste contract


More than 90% of waste that would have gone into landfill sites will be recycled in a deal between five Scottish councils and a private sector company which will also generate energy.

Council pension funds invest £60m in renewables


Local government pension funds in Greater Manchester and London have made a joint £60m investment in renewable energy projects.

Lancashire County Pension Fund invests in Portuguese wind assets


Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) has acquired a significant minority equity stake in EDF Energies Nouvelles’ Portuguese wind assets.

Municipal energy can produce big savings, says report


Council energy policies focusing on renewable energy and greater efficiency could deliver big savings, according to a new think tank report.

UK’s first ‘energy positive’ house built in Wales


Britain’s first ‘energy positive’ house has opened in Wales, deploying a unique combination of efficient design, power storage and insulation.

Sun to ‘lead circular economy’ after council’s record solar installation


The sun’s rays are to power waste recycling at a London borough when a record 2,500 panels are installed at a council facility.

Biomass industry calls for better regulation


Paul Clark explains why an industry code of practice would protect local authorities from unscrupulous suppliers

Communities will get power to block wind farms


Communities will be given the power to block all future onshore wind farms under new Government measures, the new energy secretary has announced.

Council applauds ‘landmark’ approval for world’s biggest offshore wind farm


A Humber council has welcomed government consent for the world’s biggest offshore wind-farm near the Yorkshire coast.

Council first to sign energy investment deal with Chinese firm


Peterborough City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to sign an investment partnership with a Chinese company to deliver energy efficiency projects throughout the city.

Community energy schemes receive £10m boost


A £10m fund has been launched to help communities across England set up their own renewable energy schemes.

Climate change goals wil be missed, warns charity


The Government will fail to meet climate change targets unless it ramps up efforts to create warm, affordable low-carbon homes, campaigners have warned.

£300m renewable energy scheme unveiled


The Government has released details of a £300m fund to support renewable electricity projects.

£20m local energy fund opens to councils and communities


A £20m regional energy fund has been opened to Scotland's councils and community groups, in a bid to reshape the delivery of power.

Social bonds to invest £60m in community solar projects


Up to 8,000 school, council and community buildings are set to get solar panels via a partnership between two social enterprises and British Gas.

Renewable contracts worth billions may not protect consumer interests according to Audit Office


A new report from the National Audit Office claims contracts worth £16.6bn awarded to eight renewable generation projects are at risk of delay and may increase costs to the public.

Social housing providers urged to avoid ‘quick fix’ on heat pumps


Social housing providers are failing to install ground source heat pumps even though they ‘consistently out-perform' air source models, according to Calorex Heat Pumps.

Consent given for £65m wind farm


A £65m wind farm, which will power the equivalent of 24,000 homes, has been given the go ahead in Dumfries and Galloway.

Financing completed for solar parks project


The £27m financing for three solar parks has been completed in South West England by Ingenious Clean Energy.

Community energy projects need better policy support says report


Community-led energy projects are being held back by a lack of resources and support from current policies, according to a new report.

Local people urged to take control of their power supply


Local community groups are being encouraged to sell energy to local residents and generate their own power through the launch of a new technology platform.

Universities receive funding for carbon reduction projects


Three Scottish universities will receive £20m funding to help develop projects into reducing carbon emissions.

Renewable projects provide 8,500 green jobs boost


The government has given the go-ahead to eight renewable electricity projects that are expected to support up to 8,500 new jobs.

Pickles extends wind farm powers


Environmental and energy groups have condemned Eric Pickles after it was revealed the communities secretary has extended his power to call in wind farm proposals.

Government outlines its solar strategy


Car parks and Government buildings could be soon turned into 'solar hubs' as part of efforts to boost PV rollout, ministers have outlined.

Key Learnings from 2013


What did the housing and energy markets learn in 2013 and what can we expect from the year ahead?

Wind turbine developers told to consult communities


Wind turbine developers will be required to consult local communities under new measures being put before Parliament.

East Lindsey Council urges Pickles not to overturn wind farm decisions


East Lindsey District Council has urged communities secretary Eric Pickles not to overturn its decision to reject plans for wind farms.

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