Community energy solutions: Plymouth

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In 2012 Plymouth’s co-operative city council established a Low Carbon City Team, which helped to identify the city’s potential for community energy solutions and forge partnerships. The council funded pre-development, initial community engagement and business plan development. In 2013 it joined forces with local residents to form Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) which then set up a second Industrial & Provident […]

Community energy: co-operative, citizen-centred, decentralised

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. Although a couple of weeks ago the government agreed to ban all fracking in protected areas, they are now reported as saying this may ‘unduly constrain the industry’ and fracking will be allowed to take place under National Parks and other protected areas if the wells start outside their boundaries. The passing of the government’s bill was welcomed by […]

West Midlands MEP advocates the ‘Green Deal’ for social housing

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In a newsletter this week (not yet available on his website) Local Euro MP Phil Bennion expresses the hope that the government’s ‘Green Deal’ will be more widely extended to help people in rented social housing: “Millions of homes in the UK do not have full double-glazing. More than half do not have enough insulation or an efficient condensing boiler. […]

Solving fuel poverty – an update

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  Chart 4.3 in a 2011 DECC report showed that the West Midlands had highest rate of fuel poverty with around 26% of households requiring to spend more than 10% of their income on fuel to maintain an adequate level of warmth. A Chamberlain Forum article confirms that this position has been maintained, with a slight percentage decrease.  Department for […]

Birmingham Council: reducing fuel poverty and making the city cleaner and greener

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News of further progress on the Green Deal front.   In October the Construction Enquirer reported that Carillion Energy Services had been confirmed as preferred bidder by Birmingham City Council on a £600m retrofitting deal to improve energy efficiency for 60,000 homes. The Birmingham Energy Savers scheme will see Carillion install energy efficiency measures like insulation and new boilers by […]

Birmingham Energy Savers – consultation event 6-7 Feb

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Invitation letter from Birmigham City Council posted here for ease of reference. Karen January 2012 Dear Colleague Re: Birmingham Energy Savers, Aim High, and Green Deal Consultation Event Community and Transition Groups . Birmingham Energy Savers (BES) is an award winning programme within Birmingham City Council which has so far fitted photovoltaic (PV) panels to the roofs of over 1,000 […]