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Local energy and community groups can support the expansion of electric vehicle infrastructure

By Jacob Roberts The uptake of electric vehicles in the UK has surged over the last four years, with almost 60,000 plug-in cars registered in 2018. Zap-Map shows we’re heading towards 20,000 public UK charge points to support this switchover to electric vehicles. But there’s still a long way to go...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Thu, 07/03/2019 - 13:31

07/03/2019

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The UK’s cities are leading the charge to reduce carbon emissions

While there are challenges ahead, to date the UK has reduced carbon emissions by 43% from the level recorded in 1990. And the UK’s cities, particularly those with devolved administrations are leading the way in that reduction, with ambitious plans to improve building efficiency, embrace renewable...

Submitted by Rebecca Milligan on Tue, 29/01/2019 - 08:45

29/01/2019

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What is district heating?

District heating offers the promise of a neat solution for the supply of low-carbon heat to homes, businesses and public buildings. It’s all about taking energy released as heat from a varied range of energy sources, and connecting to energy consumers through a system of highly insulated pipes...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 06/12/2018 - 00:59

06/12/2018

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2018: A community energy fightback?

• Policy changes hit local schemes - but it's far from the end • National energy changes bring local opportunites • Community Energy England CEO lays out the challenge ahead In recent years, community energy seems to have been teetering on the brink of a breakthrough into the UK energy mainstream...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 11:14

08/02/2018

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Feed-in Tariff cuts not the end of local community energy schemes

• It's no time to cut the community energy story short • New models can support communities • Renewables surge unstoppable There have been a number of concerns raised recently about the future of community energy – with some local groups understandably worried about cuts to Feed-in Tariff rates ...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Fri, 13/05/2016 - 13:15

13/05/2016

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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

13/03/2015

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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

23/02/2015

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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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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

16/01/2015

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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

02/05/2014

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