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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



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



Local and community energy

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



Local and community energy

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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Striving for the social benefits of energy efficiency

Good news in London: More money has been allocated to provide energy retrofits in social housing through the Decent Homes programme. Thousands of homes should benefit, and it is great to see money being targeted at the areas of most need, with the highest risk of fuel poverty . In addition, around...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 10/09/2014 - 08:45



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Sports stadiums seek to score high for sustainability

While football generally dominates sport sustainability talk, one example is the progress made at Newcastle United’s ground , there are also many examples from other team sports. Welsh rugby titans The Scarlets have just installed the largest solar array on a sporting facility in the UK, with 1,000...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 02/05/2014 - 08:45



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District energy: the quiet revolution?

Some aspects of sustainable energy just seem to bubble along nicely without ever getting much mainstream attention at all. In some ways this can be a good thing; an opportunity for quiet progress and reasoned process. District energy schemes –heating or electricity-generating projects, often...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 14/01/2013 - 08:30