Hackney Council has announced details of its new publicly-owned energy services company, set to help transform the local energy system by generating clean energy, eliminating land transport emissions, drastically reducing the Council’s own carbon emissions, and supporting residents and businesses to do the same.
Called Hackney Light and Power, the new company – owned, run, and managed by the local authority – will play a key role in delivering the Council’s ambitious decarbonisation targets set out in the climate emergency motion passed at Full Council in June 2019.
Hackney Light and Power will formally launch in spring 2020, when details about the company’s large-scale rooftop solar project will be revealed – part of an ambition to turn Hackney into a leader in urban clean energy generation.
Energy generated by the borough will provide clean, local electrical power, reducing the carbon intensity of the grid and generating revenue for reinvestment in decarbonisation and public amenities for the benefit of all Hackney residents.
The company will also work to improve the sustainability of Hackney’s energy system by reducing energy demand while addressing fuel poverty through a new, borough-wide home insulation programme.
Hackney Light and Power will also oversee the rapid expansion of electric vehicle charging points in the borough, as part of the Council’s long-term efforts to eliminate polluting combustion engines and ensure that those vehicles that remain are increasingly shared and zero emission at the tailpipe.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm
“Our renewable and low-carbon energy company will focus on turning Hackney into a major generator of electricity from rooftop solar. Upcoming solar projects at London Fields Lido and the West Reservoir Leisure Centre will ensure these buildings become the first in the borough to use decentralised clean energy as a significant source of their power.”