Decision details

Highway Electrical Assets – Energy Supply from Renewable Sources

Decision Maker: Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Additional expenditure of £20k per annum in order to reduce CO2 emissions for highway electrical apparatus to zero. This decision supports of the Council’s climate change strategy and central Government target to achieve net zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

Alternative options considered:

The energy currently procured to supply highway electrical assets e.g. street lighting, is supplied from a standard mix of energy sources i.e. coal, gas and nuclear and produces c. 9,000 tonnes CO2 per annum. To align with the Councils climate change strategy the service is looking to switch to using electrical energy from renewable sources only. This change will increase the current energy cost by £20k per annum and will reduce CO2 emissions to zero. The current annual energy bill for highway electrical assets is c. £5m per annum.

Publication date: 03/02/2020

Date of decision: 07/02/2020

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