The NFLA English Forum holds its autumn seminar in the UK City of Culture Hull, where it will be raising some new exciting examples of decentralised energy. (1)
The NFLA is a strong advocate of decentralised, renewable energy across the British and Irish Isles. It has published a number of detailed briefings giving many examples across the country where Councils are moving steadily forward with promoting low carbon renewable energy projects, energy efficiency programmes and battery storage schemes.
Some Councils have gone as far as developing Energy Service Companies – like Nottingham and Bristol. There are also many other examples where Councils have moved forward with innovative schemes in areas like low carbon district heating schemes, solar panels on social housing and public buildings, hybrid and electric vehicle transport fleets, ‘Passivhaus’ type low carbon projects, and retrofitting energy efficiency measures across towns and cities.
NFLA support such measures at a time when renewable energy is coming rapidly down in cost and being delivered quickly across the country – this summer for example renewables have reached record levels of generation across the UK.
At the seminar, councillors and council officers will hear of:
- The support being provided by Siemens in developing offshore wind and other forms of decentralised, renewable energy.
- Hull City Council’s innovative facility promoting a wide range of renewable technologies such as anaerobic digestion, wind and solar.
- The NFLA’s reports on decentralised energy and new work it is doing on supporting the links with community energy and private sector renewable schemes.
The seminar is part of the NFLA’s attempts to continue to disseminate such important information on the potential of decentralised energy across local government. It has published a series of detailed briefings on the matter, which can be found on its website. (2)
NFLA English Forum Chair, Councillor David Blackburn, comments:
I am looking forward to this engaging seminar in Hull to find out about the ways to move the decentralised energy revolution forward. Councils are playing an important role in developing a low carbon energy future and should be given the opportunity to expand that role further. Central Government should assist them in that role and move energy policy away from ‘baseload’ and to a more flexible, efficient, community owned and local energy system. Bringing power literally back to the people would be a popular policy of any government and should be strongly encouraged across the political spectrum. NFLA will continue to promote such energy solutions across the country.
Ends – for more information please contact Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary, on 00 44 (0)161 234 3244.
Notes for editors:
(1) NFLA English Forum seminar, The Guildhall, Hull, 6th October 2017 Moving the renewable revolution forward – some interesting new developments • Simon Burgess, Energy Management Team, Siemens – The new urban energy landscape. • Richard Burgess, Deputy Managing Director, The Spencer Group – The Hull Energy Works renewables facility. • Sean Morris, NFLA Secretary – NFLA’s work in promoting renewable energy and consideration of community energy and private sector renewables: core parts of the decentralised energy jigsaw?
(2) NFLA website publications section http://www.nuclearpolicy.info