October 1, 2013
- A new £6m grant funding programme has been launched to help local authorities in England and Wales develop new heating and cooling networks, and expand existing networks. more >
February 15, 2012
- Community Energy Online (CEO) is an online portal from DECC currently offering information on funding, best practice, feasibility, planning, land ownership and case studies for community energy strategies. CEO also publishes the National Heat Map for local authorities looking at low carbon heating options. ... more >
June 28, 2011
- The government's new strategy envisages the ideal cost of installing renewable microgeneration technologies to move to around £5,000-6,000 with a payback period of around five years so that millions of householders take it up. But it's worried that if its strategy is a success, then its support schemes may run out of money. more >
December 30, 2010
- Following a 'collaborative' consultation process, the Government has published a consultation document on a Microgeneration Strategy. In line with the Big Society agenda, it is hoped that microgeneration initiatives can help communities become more self-sufficient in the way they use heat and power on all scales, from small to large. ... more >
Conceiving and delivering infrastructure at a neighbourhood scale as an integrated package represents a very significant opportunity to deliver environmental, social and economic objectives. A 'community infrastructure' package will have a variety of constituent elements and deliver a range of sustainability benefits. Constituent elements of a community infrastructure package could include: Heat and cooling, electricity supply, energy generation, water supply, water disposal, waste disposal, waste re-use and communications infrastructure
March 24, 2010
- The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has approved plans for a major regeneration project, which will create a new town centre at Brent Cross in Cricklewood, north London.
The proposals from the Brent Cross Cricklewood development partners, Brookfield Europe (formerly Multiplex), Hammerson and Standard Life Investments, also include a commitment to environmental sustainability. more >
October 13, 2009
- MediaCityUK is the one of first schemes in the world to become a BREEAM approved sustainable community, by incorporating world leading sustainability into the design of the £500m development. BREEAM Communities certification helps planners and developers improve measures and independently certify the sustainability of development proposals at the planning stage. more >
This Toolkit is designed to help to make meaningful community benefits more routine and systematic in UK wind energy projects. It sits alongside activities to support improved public engagement in the wind farm planning process (see ‘The protocol for public engagement with proposed wind energy developments in England: a report for the Renewables Advisory Board and DTI’ (URN 06/1819) and ‘The protocol for public engagement with proposed wind energy developments in Wales: a report for the Renewables Advisory Board and DTI’ (URN 06/1820) at www.decc.gov.uk) and to identify specific approaches to enabling local ownership which fit with typical financing structures for commercial wind farm developments (see ‘Bankable models which enable local community wind farm ownership: a report for the Renewables Advisory Board and DTI’ (URN 06/1816) at www.decc.gov.uk).
July 23, 2009
- Details of the successful schemes for the first tranche of funding from the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) low carbon infrastructure initiative, totalling £11.85m, have been announced. more >
June 5, 2009
- Heat generated for homes and businesses in the UK is going to waste when it could instead be harnessed for future use, according to a new report from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).
Why waste heat report
Why waste heat research findings... more >
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