Green live BBC broadcast, potential u-turn on Cumbria coalmine application, and wales' new gas target....

National News (February 2021):

  • The live broadcast of BBC Winterwatch on Tuesday 26th January ran only on green hydrogen and battery power at the OB hub and the presenter locations.

  • Cumbria County council to reconsider Cumbria coalmine application.

  • £27bn roads plan in doubt after transport secretary overrode official advice.

  • New targets to eliminate the gases driving climate change from Wales' economy and way of life are to become law.  

Warmer Derby & Derbyshire is Successful in Energy Redress Funding Bid

Marches Energy Agency is delighted to announce that they have secured funding from the Energy Redress Scheme for their Warmer Derby and Derbyshire project, partnering with Citizens Advice Mid Mercia, for two more years!  

Warmer Derby & Derbyshire is a free & impartial energy support service for residents of Derby & Derbyshire. Friendly staff can provide advice with bills, practical help to make your home easier to keep warm, crisis support, and help with grant funding. The impartial energy advice is available on 0800 677 1332 or via  

The Warmer Derby & Derbyshire service is a partnership between the Marches Energy Agency charity and the Local Authority Energy Partnership (LAEP).

Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust

Wirksworth Transition Community Land Trust was created as a charity in 2018 to greatly improve the energy efficiency of housing in Wirksworth and Middleton. Homes are one of our biggest sources of carbon emissions in the UK - accounting for nearly a quarter (22%) of all our emissions.

For various reasons, including the pandemic, they have been unable to start even a small project to build or retrofit any houses. They are now looking for existing local property to retrofit and make available to residents in need at an affordable rent. They are also planning some Zoom webinars to bring in knowledgeable people to share insight.

You can subscribe to their new newsletter to keep up to date on what they are doing:

Job Opportunities: The Green Meadows Project

The Green Meadows Project is a new community climate action initiative based in the Meadows area of Nottingham. Funded by the National Lottery Climate Action Fund, the project will work with the Meadows Community to develop new solutions, to demonstrate how an inner-city area can take on the challenge of climate change.

Several exciting opportunities for local people to get involved in the project:

  • Project Administrator
    Full Time
    Application deadline:
    Monday 22nd February
  • Community Engagement Officer Part Time
    Application deadline:
    Monday 22nd February 
  • Community Climate Mural Project Contributors

Any local people interested in getting involved with the project, please email for more information.

Torrs Hydro Community Share Offer Success

The Board of Directors of Torrs Hydro New Mills Ltd would like to thank everyone for their interest and support for their community share offer. 

They set an ambitious target of 25,000 shares to raise funds to pay for significant modifications to improve the plant's energy output. The share offer is now closed. They had over 50 share applications and have a board meeting scheduled for early February. Offer letters will be sent out as soon as possible after that.

They have also seen an increase in volunteers offering help. They are delighted to know that green energy and "doing your bit" for climate change is an important issue at a local level.