North East Lincolnshire Council

Council’s energy projects

As a council we need to  manage our own resources effectively and efficiently.

By becoming more resilient and less reliable on traditional sources of energy, by using energy more efficiently, by sourcing cheaper alternatives, we will be better placed to deliver a stronger economy and stronger, more sustainable, communities.

As a council, we’ve signed up to Climate Local, set out our vision for a low carbon North East Lincolnshire, and we’re working with stakeholders and partners to make that vision a reality.

As part of a pilot project to reduce the council’s energy bills and carbon emissions, Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels have been fitted to the roof at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre.

The project is being led by energy experts and council partner ENGIE, with six sites included across the borough.

The Photovoltaic panels work by capturing free energy from the sun which is then converted into electricity, which can be harnessed within the council buildings.

Over a 20 year period this sustainable system is expected to reduce the amount of carbon produced by the council by around 3,600 tonnes.

ENGIE will provide just under 500kWp of electricity generation through PV panels which cover an area of approximately 3,000m2. This means the council will be able to utilise around 400,000kWh of renewable power each year.

The site at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre is expected to see its energy bills fall by 28 per cent in the first year, based on current energy prices.

A programme of works to upgrade the borough’s street lamps with more cost effective LED lights has been completed.

North East Lincolnshire Council and its partner ENGIE started to replace the area’s traditional street lights with new state-of-the-art LED lights almost three years ago.

Now, over 19,000 street lights have been upgraded as part of the £7.8-million project.

The phasing out of the old orange sodium lamps, and moving to white-light LEDs has resulted in a clearer and cleaner light that improves visibility, while also making substantial savings in energy and carbon emissions.

The new LED lights also need less energy to run and will save about £350,000 per year in energy and maintenance costs, as well as reducing carbon emissions by 35 per cent.

The council is gaining greater control of its energy unit cost. It has established its own electricity procurement framework which other authorities will be able to join. This has already seen savings achieved.

Gas: we are a in the middle of procuring a new gas utility framework.

Water: in 2017, the water industry will become de-regulated, meaning that we can buy our water supply from different companies, just as we can with gas and electricity. We will be investigating this new sector to identify opportunities as they arise.

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