Kingston Council agrees green energy contract

First published in News Kingston Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

Kingston Council has vowed to go green after opting for renewable energy resources including wind and solar power.


The move will see a significant amount of the council's electricity use over the next three years from sustainable sources.


The council intends to reduce CO2 emissions by 24 per cent by 2015 as part of their low carbon management plan to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.


Councillor Sharon Hartley said the green package, agreed for a number of council buildings, was just the start of a move towards a greener Kingston.


She said: “Where energy suppliers are competitive, Kingston will always support the greener option.”


The local authority hopes to include housing stock and a number of schools into the green package next year.


The new three-year deal with green energy provider SSE, (formerly Scottish and Southern Energy), will begin this autumn.


Kingston Council intends to demonstrate to local residents of their commitment to going green for the future.


For the council’s energy strategy and information visit kingston.gov.uk/energy_strategy or call the climate change team on 020 8547 5002.

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11:06am Tue 28 Aug 12

Jon Fray says...

SSE announced their plan to increase domestic energy prices by 9% last week. It isn't really a 'green provider' but it can provide electricity on a green tariff if you opt for it.

I applaud the effort to reduce carbon emissions. Just a shame it didn't start in ernest 20 years ago.
SSE announced their plan to increase domestic energy prices by 9% last week. It isn't really a 'green provider' but it can provide electricity on a green tariff if you opt for it. I applaud the effort to reduce carbon emissions. Just a shame it didn't start in ernest 20 years ago. Jon Fray
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4:36pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Togetherwestand says...

Good news ! Voters will always support elected representitives who listen and act on the long term needs of the people they serve
Good news ! Voters will always support elected representitives who listen and act on the long term needs of the people they serve Togetherwestand
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6:39am Wed 29 Aug 12

Beverly RA says...

Good to know that all Councilors from both parties are supporting this move. but I recall that when street lighting was changed the council said that it would save £600000, we have not yet been shown that to be true. I think this is one more poly to get the so called green vote by the LIb Dems
Good to know that all Councilors from both parties are supporting this move. but I recall that when street lighting was changed the council said that it would save £600000, we have not yet been shown that to be true. I think this is one more poly to get the so called green vote by the LIb Dems Beverly RA
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