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Stoke-on-Trent City Council wakes up to the possibility of a City of Power black outs & starts to plan toward a greener future



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The future is here, and the reality that we are becoming stretched beyond our energy (and how long before our food, schools, health needs).

With ever increasing energy needs to power our TV's, computers, phone chargers, fridges, freezers, always on sky boxes, games machines, heating, cooking and soon recharging our cars for those lucky few who can escape the petrol and diesel trap (I say escape, they can only travel about 50 miles and hope they can park up near a charging point).

With that in mind, Stoke-on-Trent City Council are announcing the beginnings of a new energy plan (just a plan, nothing sold as we and every other city should have been doing years ago)

 

Stoke-on-Trent City Council says it " plans  to increase its energy security and reduce its dependence on the national grid."

Stoke-City-Council’s cabinet has approved the setting up of a holding company ready to light the green touch paper on an energy revolution.

It’s a particularly important move as national power body Ofgem yesterday predicted a significant rise in the chances of power blackouts in the years ahead due to power supply uncertainty.

With the UK facing a potential energy supply crisis in the next decade, Stoke-on-Trent’s growing advanced materials manufacturing success story faces a major challenge.      

So the City Council plans are even more important in the mission to transform the city’s industrial future and put it at the front of the pack for future manufacturing investment.

That’s why the City Council is developing the Powerhouse Central project, working with Staffordshire County Council and the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, as part of the economy boosting City Deal approach to Government.

Powerhouse Central aims to reduce the city’s energy dependency on the national grid, with a raft of schemes to exploit every opportunity to develop new local energy solutions and supplies.

Setting up a holding company means that Stoke-City-Council can be light on its feet when working with the private sector to source funding to make its plans come to fruition.

It also means that the city is determined to protect the interests of local people and local business by keeping as much control as possible in keeping energy and profits to benefit local business and the local business.

Projects under investigation include:

·         Creating networks to share surplus heat and power between businesses and for other commercial and domestic needs too.

·         Tapping into hot water power (geothermal energy) in old mine workings

·         Using organic waste to generate methane gas

·         Developing bioenergy using local woodchip to generate power.

·         Other natural asset opportunities where they arise.

Council cabinet member for Green Enterprise Andy Platt said the company was the first step in plugging the city into a bright new era.

“Some of Europe’s most creative advanced materials companies are right here in Stoke-on-Trent delivering the components that are building the world economy. From automotive and aeronautic component technologies through to medical and craft ceramics, Stoke is building an international reputation once again.

“Ensuring we can keep the power on in the years ahead is a vital element of securing our success. Local energy supplies will help protect the 26,000 jobs already employed in manufacturing locally.

“And this extra injection of energy security will help support our drive for City Deal which will deliver thousands more new jobs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire by making the region a honey pot for international industrial investors.

 

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bj-dj's picture

Another government think tank

Another government think tank with energy to waste as Karl Pilkington would say BULLSHIT? “And this extra injection of energy security will help support our drive for City Deal which will deliver thousands more new jobs in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire by making the region a honey pot for international industrial investors. They thought that when they built that massive warehouse in Chatterly Valley how many jobs did that attract to the area a big fat zero.

Web Monkey's picture

Maybe that's the plan Bryn.

Maybe that's the plan Bryn. Produce bullshit to fuel the power plants.

Plans like this need high quality expertise and vast amounts of money. Is that something this City has? I think until something substantial is in place, this City has like others a major worry on it's hands.

What I don't get is this day has been talked about for years, but only now the council are starting to act. What would impress me more than a couple of press releases is if they put on a green expo. Hold it at the blue planet. There isn't a more appropriate place. Bring it the biggest and greatest, and while they're at it, talk to those firms about the benefits and deals they can cut if they move here.

terry turbo's picture

Watch out Pervez and his

Watch out Pervez and his cronies are dreaming up more ways of screwing your hard earned cash out of you.

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