Monthly Archives: September 2015

Energy & Climate Change Questions to the Mayor

September 2015: This month the Mayor has been asked questions in relation to:

data gathered through the Mayor’s Business Energy Challenge; the impact on the London Plan carbon targets as a result of the government scrapping the Zero Carbon Homes policy (and again) and again – and one more time; encouraging renewable energy investments through the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA); a discussion around potential winter electricity ‘blackouts’; impact of the government’s proposals to change the Feed in Tariffs (FITs) on the Mayor’s retrofit programmes – and again; lobbying to reduce business rates to district heating – and again; whether the Mayor will attend COP21 in Paris this December; the Clean Bus Summit recently held in London; fuel economy of the New Routemaster bus (and again, and again); a dossier of problems associated with the New Routemaster; GLA and boroughs discussions on coordinating fuel poverty responses across London; the roll out of electric vehicles in London; and supporting zero emission taxi fleets.

Previous months questions to the Mayor can be found here.

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DECC sold off…well – the building that is

20 September 2015: Tangential – but interesting to note the following story in today’s Sunday Times: “Whitehall energy HQ sold – The Grade II-listed building that houses the Department of Energy & Climate Change in London has been sold in an £80m deal. LaSalle Investment Management, part of the American property giant JLL, bought the site just off Whitehall from Aberdeen Asset Management last week. Nick Howitt of LaSalle said the area was improving, thanks to the regeneration of nearby Covent Garden and Victoria.”

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SE24 Community Energy

14 September 2015: Encouraging to see Dulwich & West Norwood MP Helen Hayes raise in the House of Commons London community energy group, SE24, concerns over the government’s current Feed in Tariff consultation (in short “it is hard to see how any community energy group can continue on this basis”). Read more on SE24’s website here.

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