Frequently Asked Questions​

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We work in energy 24/7 so understand what’s what. But we know it can be quite technical at times. We’ve answered some frequently asked questions to help guide you.

Local energy projects are led by organisations and people who know and understand their local area. These projects will benefit the local community – people who live and work there. Projects often use low carbon, renewable and innovative technologies. 

We all need to take action to transform our current energy system and reduce carbon emissions. Energy projects designed, developed and managed locally can make sure communities can continue to grow while doing their bit to limit their impact on climate change. 


Projects are usually designed to provide power to homes and businesses, boost the local economy, create local jobs and generate social benefit. They also have the potential to make a significant contribution to our nationwide energy supply, ensuring we have an affordable, efficient and reliable source of energy for the future.

Our Hub is one of five across the country, which were set up by the government to tackle inefficiencies in local energy projects. By bringing together expertise under one roof, the Hubs can provide support to projects to ensure they deliver to their potential and identify opportunities for further energy excellence programmes.

Our work is fully funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Decarbonisation is how carbon dioxide is removed from a country’s economy. It’s important because carbon dioxide contributes to global warming. Many of our homes, businesses and systems still operate on fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas, which emit carbon dioxide. By switching to alternative sources of energy, we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and slow the effects of climate change.

Net Zero will be a time when the amount of greenhouse gas produced is no more than the amount taken away through decarbonisation.

The Green Recovery is a term used by the government to refer to the £3 billion package of environmental measures introduced to help the country’s economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. It has a large emphasis on the decarbonisation of existing public sector buildings and trialing new and innovative technologies.

Find out more on the work with us pages and find your local energy project manager in the who’s who section for more information.

It all depends on the type and scale of the project but check out the funding and investment pages to find out more or contact us.

There are domestic energy efficiency programmes available to eligible households led by local authorities, check out the latest news section for up-to-date schemes

If you have a question we haven’t answered, get in touch to find out more.