London set for first emissions-based parking tariff

The City of London Corporation announced on Tuesday 14 August that new emissions-based charges for on-street parking in the Square Mile will be introduced from 20 August. Parking company RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking product will be used to target high polluting transport with higher charges while rewarding drivers of low-emission…

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SNP reports surge in community renewable energy projects in Scotland

The number of community renewable energy projects in Scotland has increased by 62% since 2011, according to an announcement by the SNP on Monday 13 August. The party said that there are now more than 450 local communities with renewable energy initiatives. The announcement said: “The SNP government has a…

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Local Energy Matters | August 2018

In this issue of Local Energy Matters: East Anglia energy news East of England tariffs Heat programme and network support high on the agenda Energy efficiency scheme updates Community energy conference discusses the state of the sector The need for a route to market for small-scale generation Churches investing in…

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Portsmouth City Council decides to drop its own energy firm

On Friday 10 August, Liberal Democrat-run Portsmouth City Council announced that it is to not go ahead with the establishment of its own energy company – Victory Energy – started by the previous administration. According to the council, abandoning the project will cost at least £2.5mn, but it said that…

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Northern Powergrid sparks its own EV transition

Following its Customer-Led Network Revolution programme, Northern Powergrid has opted for Electric Vehicle (EV) transportation as an approach to decarbonise the company’s workforce. The forward-thinking organisation is set to add five new Nissan Leafs to its fleet, as well as installing and developing charging infrastructure across 11 of its 28…

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EU funding to bring forward Scottish low-carbon hubs

It was announced on Wednesday 8 August that a second round of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund has resulted in nine successful bids across Scotland. Just over £5.3mn from the European Regional Development Fund and Transport Scotland was awarded. The projects include:…

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Landlords call for greater ambition on energy efficiency

The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has urged the government to be more ambitious than the current proposals for all new or renewed private sector tenancies that require properties to have at least a “C” rating on their energy performance certificate by 2030. To achieve this, the RLA has called for…

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IRENA identifies innovation priorities

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) outlined on 6 August the innovation priorities needed to accelerate the global transition to a sustainable energy system. A range of priority areas were identified including: fostering a system-wide approach to innovation beyond research and development advancing power system integration, and supporting a portfolio…

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Bristol City Council invests a further £2mn in its energy company

An additional £2mn has been invested in Bristol Energy by the company’s owner Bristol City Council. This takes the council’s total investment to around £27mn, according to a report published by BBC News on Friday 3 August. The supplier was established in 2016, with an aim to reinvest its profits…

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