Learn more about Birmingham’s Green Commission at the Locanta on Tuesday

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  Phil Beardmore, independent consultant and member of Localise West Midlands, will introduce the discussion on the new Green Commission. Is this the means to achieve Birmingham’s ambitious energy and environmental targets? Or is it going to be another bureaucratic fudge, failing to face up to the need for decisive leadership? FOR DETAILS GO TO  http://ourbirmingham.org/?p=2687    

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 […]

Update: Co-operative Energy, founded by Midcounties Co-operative

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In June last year Localise West Midlands’ board member Phil Beardmore, an environmental consultant, circulated news of the launch of the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, which is forming a partnership with Co-op Energy. LWM was set up in 2002 by a group of individuals who ‘recognise the need to propose positive models for economic activity’, such as this energy co-operative […]