Energy

  • Council to sell Bristol Energy

    03 June 2020

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


  • District heating can help deliver on social housing energy efficiency pledges

    12 May 2020

    Dr Tanja Groth discusses why district heating should form a key part of the Government’s post-coronavirus green agenda.


  • The pathway to net-zero

    02 April 2020

    A Re:fit Energy Performance Contract provides the opportunity for local and combined authorities to kick off their pathway to net-zero by implementing and accelerating energy efficiency measures, says Local Partnerships director Rachel Toresen-Owuor.


  • The pathway to net-zero

    25 March 2020

    Rachel Toresen-Owuor of Local Partnerships says when developing climate response action plans, a programme of works delivered through a Re:fit Energy Performance Contract offers a tangible first step with rapid impacts.


  • Salford is the greenest council in 2020 Thriving Places Index

    18 March 2020

    Salford City Council has emerged as the greenest in an index of quality of life in 363 local authorities in England and Wales.


  • Climate emergency: the role of renewables

    04 March 2020

    Many councils are developing or buying solar farms of their own. If successful this can cut carbon and emissions, and produce a good income through sound and ethical commercial ventures, says Jo Wall.


  • Nottingham in bid to 'stabilise' energy company

    24 January 2020

    A new management team has been installed at Robin Hood Energy and governance of council-controlled companies is being overhauled after the company was threatened with having its licence revoked.


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

    16 January 2020

    Five Scottish councils have signed a contract that will divert up to 190,000 tonnes of black bag waste from landfill.


  • Why every local council should commit to a Green New Deal

    10 January 2020

    There has never been a greater need to decarbonise, argues Cllr Elaine Hills. She says wise investments by councils can drive economic and societal change, and the Green New Deal proposal for Brighton & Hove City Council 'aims to do just that'.


  • Time for more than warm words

    27 November 2019

    Bob Neill says the deadlock that has racked Westminster for the last three years means real action is now needed on housing, social care, energy and infrastructure.


  • Cornwall Council will help other authorities tackle the climate emergency

    31 October 2019

    Cllr Edwina Hannaford says Cornwall Council will become an exemplar for what regional leadership can do on combating climate change.


  • Wiltshire leads the way in the climate challenge

    29 October 2019

    Friends of the Earth put Wiltshire at the top of the list of most climate-friendly areas in England. Alistair Cunningham outlines how the council will set about achieving its aim for council and county to be carbon neutral by 2030.


  • It’s time to clean up our act

    25 October 2019

    With more than 230 local climate emergencies declared nationwide, it’s time for our local and combined authorities to take action for decarbonisation and sustainable clean growth, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • If politics is local, then so is climate change

    15 October 2019

    Progress in reducing emissions from heating and transport continues to lag well behind the UK's renewable power sources success story, says Michael Burton - but this is where individual behaviour and local government can make a difference.


  • Council energy supplier threatened with licence revocation

    02 October 2019

    Nottingham City Council-owned Robin Hood Energy missed a deadline to pay watchdog Ofgem £9.4m.


  • Changing Tynes

    01 October 2019

    Heather Jameson talks to Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, about the main challenges facing the combined authority, the region’s devolution deal, and putting party politics to one side to work with the Northern Powerhouse minister.


  • Delivering a compelling longer-term vision of place

    01 October 2019

    In shaping an area-based agenda it's important to remember that place is made up of people as well as spaces, says Sheila Oxtoby.


  • Portsmouth’s energy firm sale falls through

    29 August 2019

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


  • Mastering the art of commercial destiny

    20 August 2019

    Solace has been considering how councils should best participate in the market. Eric Bohl reports on local government’s investment areas, and outlines the key tests for commercial plans.


  • Fuelling the future

    14 August 2019

    Hiba Mahamadi looks at how the two councils who have stepped in to the energy market have fared so far and at whether the future lies in striking up white label partnerships.