it efficiency, and shortage of investment. The Leeds

 it protected 640 vulnerable buildings
to boilers repaired/replaced or have new heating systems installed, and have
supplied energy efficiency and fuel switching advice and small-scale developments to a further 1,500 vulnerable
buildings. Also, it continued to work with over 45 community partners to supply
winter warmth protect to tens of thousands of vulnerable houses. In addition,
it completed the 1,200 house solar PV project
and proceed White Rose Energy, an energy provider
company for Yorkshire, operated in partnership with Robin Hood Energy.  

Setting
aims for future are challenging due to changes the policy, priority that
government has imposed on energy
efficiency, and shortage of investment. The Leeds City Council are continuing
the plan for district heating for 2,200 council flats, and start connecting
flats to the system in 2018, and target to attract 11,000 customers to White
Rose Energy and continue to supply advice and small scale enhancements to
vulnerable buildings and trial projects which explore different funding
mechanisms; for example, looking at potential for social prescription; piloting
smart energy management and new tariff structures to decrease fuel bills; working
with the University of Leeds on a revolving fund; and piloting ECO projects to
maximise the energy company funds which can be brought to the city to decrease
reliance on European funding and government. 

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Local
energy efficiency ambitions and priorities

The key
aims and strategies within Leeds have been updated to reflect a longer-term view and recent guidance:
a)  Leeds Climate Change Strategy 40% CO2
diminishes from all parts of 2005-2020,
60% from 2005 – 2030 and 100% from 2005-2050. 

b)  Affordable Warmth Strategy 2017:
development the average SAP rating of buildings in Leeds to band C by 2020, and
to ensure that no buildings are below band E by 2030.

Green
deal eco

The
Leeds City Region intends to adopt a city region-wide
approach to implementing the forthcoming Flexible Eligibility policy
initiative within the 2017/18 Energy Company Obligation regulations, through
the Better House Yorkshire programme, the Leeds City Council Statement of
Intent fits within this framework.   
The
policy approach is based on the following points.  
? Focus
on ECO funding to protect Local Growth Fund and council funded progress.
? Eligibility
criteria are to be as simple and, streamlined, as possible   
?
Engagement with partners, energy suppliers, and
local members. 
?
Eligibility via 2 ways; 1. Geographical zones based on deprived communities;
and 2. Eligibility for funding due to individual circumstances.

Reducing

Energy
Costs

Leeds
City Council continues to protect
occupants decrease their energy costs by: 

a)
White Rose Energy that will achieve 11,000 customers by the August 2018 and
will continue to expand its customer. The main target is to acquire customers
from across the area. Part of the acquisition program is to bring regional
local authority and housing association partners onboard via a formal service level agreement. This will bring
much greater reciprocal opportunities for co-promotion that should equate to
developed sign-ups. By the end of the
first 12 months, it starts to create
funding for fuel poverty alleviation programs via the surplus.   
b)  Warmth for Wellbeing continues to supply independent face to face
advice on assistance with fuel bills and switching energy suppliers.

 

Timber solar house prototype unveiled in Pembrokeshire

One of first Wale solar villages opened in Pembrokeshire in
2003. It is expected the six timber houses at Pentre Solar, in Glanrhyd, near
Cardigan, they will save occupants hundreds of pounds in annual living costs
thanks to their A++ energy ratings. They also have solar roof panels capable of
developing 6000kWh a year. The Welsh Government granted the start-up £140,000
to support create its production base for the houses that have 11in (28cm) of
insulation. With access to a shared electric car and low energy use, the
company claimed occupants could avoid up to £2,000 a year in living costs.

Community Energy in Pembrokeshire is applying for a single wind turbine of up to 77m in height. A Swansea
based consultancy, Seren Energy, are performance as agents and prepared the
planning application and have carried out technical services for this proposal.
The Managing Director of Seren Energy, Steve Hack, is a Director of Carmarthenshire Energy, a social enterprise protecting community renewable energy and tackling fuel
poverty in Carmarthenshire.

Electricity generated from wind turbine power has the lowest
carbon footprints compared with other kinds of electricity generation. Nearly
all the emissions occur during the manufacturing and construction phases,
arising from the production of steel for the tower, concrete for the
foundations and epoxy/ fiberglass for the
rotor blades. These account for 97% of the total lifecycle CO2 emissions. This means onshore wind turbine
power has a relatively small carbon footprint range of between 10 and 20g CO2eq/kWh,
considering not only emissions from the generation
of electricity but those incurred during the construction, manufacture, and decommissioning phases. By comparing, averagely
the emissions from power generation of fossil-fuelled in the UK was around 550gCO2/kWh.
As a conclusion, onshore wind turbine power can make a contribution to carbon diminish
targets. The Department of Energy & Climate Change, in 2011, approximately estimated
that 6.4 million tonnes of CO2 were avoided in the UK (more than the
carbon footprint of a city the size of Leeds), where onshore wind turbine power
displaces electricity generated from power generation of fossil-fuelled.

Energy Efficiency in Nest (Wales)

The nest is the Welsh
Assembly Government’s New Fuel Poverty Scheme and British Gas is the delivery partner
for the program. The program is designed to make private sector buildings healthier
and warmer places to live. The program suggests residences a range of free home
enhancements to help them heat the house more efficiently, warmer, and healthier
without facing huge energy bills. The Nest program takes a whole building
approach to identifying what energy enhancement work would be most suitable,
some examples contain:

Boiler
Replacement.Solid
Wall Insulation.Loft
and cavity wall insulation.Draught
Proofing.