Bristol seeks £1bn investment in energy infrastructure

The council has released a new ‘City Leap’ prospectus outlining a series of energy and infrastructure opportunities for businesses

Blackpool Council applies to manage own water supply

Blackpool Council could become the first public sector organisation to manage its own water and sewerage supply, after applying for a licence from regulator Ofwat. If granted, the move will enable the council to manage its own retail services for more than 120 sites across the borough. It is estimated the move will achieve cost […]

Swindon Council plans giant battery storage facility

Swindon Borough Council has unveiled plans for one of the UK’s largest battery storage facilities. Its wholly-owned company Public Power Solutions (PPS) has submitted a planning application for the 50MW project, to be built at the former Mannington Depot. The batteries will be housed in containers with a 30-year lifespan and will be connected to […]

Lancashire Council to get 150 EV chargers

  Lancashire County Council is to install 150 electric vehicle (EV) charging points. They will include 18 rapid chargers and 66 dual-socket fast chargers, with the first units to be installed in early 2018. They will be part of Chargemaster’s EV charging network POLAR, which already has more than 5,500 chargers nationwide. The project follows […]

Bristol City Council smashes carbon reduction target

  Bristol City Council has managed to reach its carbon reduction target three years ahead of schedule. It surpassed its goal of 50% reduction in carbon emissions from its operations, delivering a 60% cut in 2016/17. That was a result of making its buildings more energy efficient, investing in renewable energy projects such as wind […]

EU Parliament & Council agree on revised energy efficiency labels

The European Parliament and the Council have struck an “informal deal” to change energy efficiency labels on household products to make them clearer. The current A+++ to G labels will be replaced by a “clear and easier to use” A to G labels and a database to make it easier for people to compare the […]

Councils to offer cheaper energy tariffs to residents

Two councils have joined forces for a new energy supply partnership to help bring cheaper bills for consumers. Leicester City Council and Leicestershire County Council have appointed a local energy supplier that will supply “cheap, reliable energy” to residents. The name of the supplier is yet to be announced but has been confirmed as a […]

Cities offered £39m for low carbon heat networks

The government has offering up to £39 million to local authorities and public sector bodies to upgrade heating in towns and cities in England and Wales. It is the first part of a £320 million fund which will be invested in the next five years to supply low carbon and recycled heat and help consumers […]

Nottingham smashes climate targets four years early

Nottingham City Council has smashed its 2020 climate change targets four years early. It has achieved a 33% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005, beating its 26% goal. The council adds it is now producing almost three tonnes less CO2 per year per person than in 2005. A significant part of the reduction – around […]

Swindon launches first council solar bond

The first-ever council-run solar bond in the UK has officially been launched. Swindon Borough Council and the public will co-invest £4.8 million to build a 5MW community solar farm. People can invest as little as £5 in the project and expect a 6% return which will be paid twice every year, the council said. It […]