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Give landlords a new LESA of life

It’s well known that the coldest homes in England are those in the private rented sector. 9.4% of private rented homes are F/G rated on the Energy Performance Certificate compared to 1.8% of housing association properties. A big part of the problem is that landlords have been reluctant to invest in...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Fri, 13/03/2015 - 14:24

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Can a blast from the past help safeguard our energy future?

The guardians of Blair Castle in Perthshire believe that history can help shape our future, demonstrated after the reopening a hydroelectric system , originally installed in 1908. The castle, which was historically frequented by Bonnie Prince Charlie and captured by the forces of Oliver Cromwell,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 09/03/2015 - 09:00

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How we can ensure a stable future for community energy

Energy Saving Trust Community Services Manager, Graham Ayling, discusses the importance of recent rulings which could have big consequences for the future of community owned renewable energy projects. In my work with local communities I’ve had the privilege of meeting some pretty inspiring people...

Submitted by Energy Saving Trust on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 09:00

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Cornwall's community considerations

Cornwall is one of Britain’s leading counties when it comes to the burgeoning green economy - and recent moves could well help it cement that record. Community ownership of green energy is now prioritised in planning processes, and it’s not just blind encouragement of wind, solar, biomass etc. The...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 23/02/2015 - 15:36

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Can old volcanoes still heat British cities?

Local authorities across the UK are doing their bit to cut carbon emissions and help future-proof their localities. And few are doing it with the help of a dormant volcano, apart from Stoke-on-Trent. A 350 million-year-old volcano two miles below the city’s streets, is heating a layer of rock to...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 13/02/2015 - 09:00

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Green strategy and politics Local and community energy

Going behind the UK energy talent search

The race is on to train the next generation of workers in the UK energy sector, as green energy firms compete with a highly established fossil fuel industry. New vocational colleges are springing up to tackle the skills shortage that is said to threaten UK competitiveness against energy expertise...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 09/02/2015 - 09:00

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Local and community energy

Is community energy cooperation under threat?

In the last couple of years there have been some very encouraging examples of local investment schemes in everything from solar power to hydroelectricity; both urban and rural. But of late, the involvement of the co-operative movement in green energy is gaining column inches for less encouraging...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 05/02/2015 - 09:00

05/02/2015

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Energy more of a charitable concern than ever

Charities have always been active in the energy and environment sectors, often by initiating change through government and consumer-targeted campaigning. But the shape of third sector organisations how they interact with other bodies is changing as low carbon issues become more mainstream...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 21/01/2015 - 12:25

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The energy potential of farms

There is 10GW of untapped energy potential down on the UK’s farms, according to new research by Forum for the Future. That’s three times the energy expected to be produced by the planned Hinkley Point nuclear power plant – with better grid connections and smoother planning processes said to be the...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 16/01/2015 - 13:00

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Smaller players supplying energy change

It’s the time of year when energy bills come sharply into focus – and 2015 may be a year with a David and Goliath angle: smaller and locally-based energy companies bringing greater competition for the Big Six . Energy Minister Ed Davey says independent energy suppliers should have a 30 per cent...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 12/01/2015 - 14:30

12/01/2015

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