Hackney Council jumps on the energy supplier bandwagon. … It said in its announcement: “Hackney’s energy company will help answer the alarming calls of scientists to respond to the global warming crisis as part of its commitment to securing 100 per cent clean energy across all of its functions by 2050.”
Utility Week 19th Oct 2018 read more »
Hackney Council is planning to launch an energy company. The council says it “will supply clean, affordable energy, generate our own renewable electricity, and plough profits back into the heart of our borough”. Keen to address both fuel poverty and environmental concerns, the plan is to sell “price competitive renewable energy for customers both within and beyond the borders of Hackney”, according to the council’s advert for a project manager to lead the launch. The advert indicates that Hackney aims to partner with a supplier rather than obtain its own supply licence. Neighbouring Islington, for example, white labels through Nottingham City Council’s Robin Hood Energy, which recently committed to supplying 100% renewable power. Hackney is one of a number of councils that have pledged to move to 100% renewable electricity, and is implementing energy efficiency and renewables generation projects across its estate. It has begun to investigate the feasibility of deploying ground and water source heat pumps in its parks to heat council-owned buildings and the borough is also home to what is thought to be the UK’s first energy trading community using blockchain. While some municipal energy companies launched in recent years have received negative press around cost, resource and risk, others have started to generate a trade surplus. Nottingham, for example, was in the black in the third year of trading. The council also operates a commercial energy services company that generates income for frontline services by deploying generation, efficiency and storage solutions as a commercial entity. Meanwhile, a group of local authorities in the South West are collaborating to create a £100m fund to invest in energy projects.
The Energyst 18th Oct 2018 read more »
Opposition councillors at Suffolk County Council have raised fresh questions over the council’s ‘Greenest County’ claim, after it has emerged its new energy deal relies 100% on nuclear power. A motion was submitted by the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent group to Thursday’s full council meeting calling on the authority to commit to ensuring at least 50% of its energy use is from renewable sources. It also asked the council to commission a report in setting up a smart grid – a power grid enabling it to access stored power from renewable sources – and work with partners to move to a low-carbon future. But an amendment tabled by the Conservative group was instead passed following a vote, which said it would deliver its own local energy plan which “includes the potential implementation of smart grid pilots in Suffolk” Councillor Richard Rout, cabinet member for environment, said: “From April 2019 Suffolk County Council will have its electricity supplied by EDF Energy, on a three year contract and a tariff which is 100% nuclear.
East Anglian Daily Times 22nd Oct 2018 read more »