I didn’t pick it up at the time, but a recent Exeter City Council report reminds its readers that the Council won a national award earlier in the year for its Renewables and Energy Efficiency Programme. The Local Government Chronicle’s Environment Award was won by the Council for an “ambitious programme of projects to achieve energy reduction, to generate renewable energy and to be an energy-neutral council” .
Somewhat bizarrely, typing the programme’s name into the search engine on the Council’s website generates a “no results found” response, but progress reports to members of the Council show that the programme is being effectively delivered through a small team of two people. Solar PV on roofs of council-owned buildings such as car parks and the livestock centre have made a particular impact. Work on battery storage, to build on this, is planned, as is the use of smart metering .
In the great scheme of things this is small beer. But it is an important signal: the Council is giving a practical lead on climate change issues, as well as achieving some small financial savings.
Senior management have said that if the team could be expanded, much more could be achieved. It would be a good use of our money if Council members agreed.
 The latest progress report can be downloaded from http://committees.exeter.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=634&MId=4843&Ver=4 item 13.