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The big benefits of a solar-powered community project

• Local renewables projects growing in popularity • Feed-in Tariff reductions threaten energy sector • Projects encourage thought about energy issues Getting local people involved in funding renewable energy projects has quietly been on the rise in recent years. South East London Community Energy...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 20/04/2016 - 14:35



Green strategy and politics Local and community energy Government landlords tenants energy efficiency EPC

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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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



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



Products and technology Local and community energy Decent Homes Feed-in Tariff housing associations London energy efficiency renewable energy retrofit smart grid social housing solar PV The Accord Group The Hyde Group

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