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There are 9 item(s) tagged with the keyword "renewables".

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1. Councils can lead green deal

My recent article from Public Finance

 

The government has gone cool on green issues. Whitehall must do more to support council initiatives

The CBI, environmental campaigners and trade associations were united in criticising Chancellor George Osborne’s lack of support for green initiatives in his latest Budget.

The Association for Public Service Excellence has been one of the organisations arguing that investment in environmentally friendly infrastructure and technology will stimulate economic growth as well as curbing climate change.

Tags: Climate change, Green Economy, Green Deal, Renewables, APSE
By Paul O'Brien
2. The business case for going green

Copy of an article Neil McInroy from CLES and myself recently did for Public Finance magazine.

Councils should be leading the way with renewable energy schemes. They can reap important economic and social rewards as well as environmental benefits

A report published this week by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) suggests there is still a business case for local government-led renewable energy schemes.

Tags: APSE, CLES, renewables, FIT's, Solar, local government, public finance
By Paul O'Brien
3. Green light for better asset management

APSE’s first strategic forum of the New Year took place last night on the theme of energy efficiency in asset management. Guest speaker was David Kilduff, Head of the Commercial Group at Walker Morris Solicitors, who gave an overview of the issues facing local government in this area.

These events are used as an opportunity to develop policy and share knowledge.

Tags: energy efficiency, asset management, environment, renewables, David Kilduff, Walker Morris, green deal, pensions, Eric Pickles, APSE
By Paul O'Brien
4. A pause before feeding on renewables recommences

Although many Armageddon prophecies have been written about the coalition Government’s proposed cut to Feed in Tariffs for solar PV and its impact on the wider renewables agenda, I have to say that I don’t quite buy this vision of the future.

Tags: APSE, FIT's, feed in tariffs, renewables, solar PV, solar PV
By Paul O'Brien
5. Plugged into the renewables grid

When APSE launched its research publication ‘The virtuous green circle: creating a revolving fund for local authority solar energy’, in Birmingham recently, I was impressed by the number of authorities present who were making progress with delivering projects in this area of renewable energy.

Tags: APSE, solar pv, renewables, biomass, electric fleet, local government
By Paul O'Brien
6. Let it shine

Launch of APSE's new research publication 'the virtuous green circle: creating a revolving fund for local authority solar energy', at Birmingham City Football Club. The report demonstrates a business case as to how you can undertake renewables projects in local government on a self financing basis.

Tags: APSE, Renewables, Solar PV, Solar PV
By Paul O'Brien
7. How councils can use the green agenda to generate renewable energy and cash

Got this article published on the Guardian's website today on the back of the debate I took part in last week.

With latest ONS figures showing more than 132,000 jobs were lost from the public sector last year and councils grappling with unprecedented budget cuts, green issues are in danger of slipping down the priority list. But in my view, it would be an economic error for local authorities to take their eyes off the environmental ball now.

Tags: APSE, Renewables, Solar PV, Solar PV
By Paul O'Brien
8. Are cuts killing the Green Agenda in Local Government?

Took part in a Guardian online debate today on the impact that the cuts were having on the Green agenda in local government.

A point I made that sparked a bit of debate was about how you generate behavioural change amongst the public, the example I gave is pasted below:

Tags: Climate change, renewables, APSE
By Paul O'Brien
9. Delivering a low carbon future

Spent today at the Liberal Democrats annual conference in Liverpool and attended a fringe on how to deliver a low carbon future. The speakers were Doug Parr from Greenpeace, Barry Neville from Centrica and more importantly Chris Huhne the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Tags: Liberal Democrats, low carbon, renewables, Chris Huhne
By Paul O'Brien
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