Local leadership can help transform our energy system. The Local Authorities, Cities and Regions membership has been developed to help support local and regional bodies respond to the climate emergency and the transformation of our energy system, offering support on issues such as procuring local renewable electricity, planning for electric vehicles, working with local energy networks, energy efficiency and supply chain.
Regen’s mission is to transform the world’s energy systems for a zero carbon future. But we can’t do it alone. Together with our members we provide an expert and highly influential voice for the policies and market innovation required to drive us to net zero. Join us and invest in a zero carbon energy future.
Local Authorities, Cities and Regions membership is £5,000 + VAT per year.
Here are our key policy recommendations for national government,
to better support local authorities:
- To release local leadership across the whole of the UK:
Introduce a new statutory duty for local authorities on net zero energy, with appropriate funding, resources and reporting to deliver against it.
- To unlock local authorities’ role in energy network planning and investment: Establish a formal governance role for UK regions over the future of critical energy infrastructure.
- To enable local roll-out of energy efficiency measures: Give control of retrofit funding, including ECO, to local government.
- To enable true zero carbon new development: Raise the ambition of the Future Homes Standard to be net zero compliant and allow local authorities the freedom to be more ambitious than the national decarbonisation timetable.
- To deliver a low carbon transport system in the context of Covid-19: Offer guidance and significant funding to local authorities through the creation of a funded low carbon transport plan.
- To support a green economic recovery and transformation: Focus economic recovery on the energy transition, which offers skilled jobs, world-leading research opportunities, and high value capital investment, as well as progress towards net zero carbon emissions.
7. To build social permission for radical change: Develop a national net zero carbon strategy and use it to drive regular communications on climate issues and policy development.
8. To enable local authorities to invest in the future energy system: Include energy projects as a suitable category in future lending terms for the Public Works Loan Board and reverse recent interest rate increases.
9. To enable local authorities to support community energy projects: Issue guidance for local authorities on how to set up new Power Purchase Agreements to fund new community energy projects.
10. To support the development of smart local energy systems: Introduce shared network access for local projects in the current Ofgem review of network access charges and press ahead with mandatory half-hourly settlement of electricity to support smart energy tariffs.
You can read more about our recommendations here. Together, we can help your local authority achieve net zero.
Let Poppy Maltby know if you’re interested in becoming a member.
In July 2020, Hazel Williams published a paper entitled “Local leadership to transform our energy system”, with invaluable insights from local authorities including West Midlands and Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset Council and Cornwall Council. View the report here.
We have recently completed a carbon neutrality study for Bristol City Council assessing scenarios for decarbonising the area against business as usual. View the report here.
In 2019, we worked with Cornwall Council on the concept of Energy Innovation Zones – producing the evidence and pitch for them to take to BEIS for funding. View the project outline here.
View our full list of resources and guidance for local authorities here.