HACKNEY Labour is meeting another of its pledges to residents from its May 2018 Manifesto with Hackney council setting up a new publicly-owned energy services company, generating clean energy, eliminating land transport emissions, reducing the Council’s own carbon emissions, and supporting residents and businesses to do the same. It will also mean cheaper energy costs for poorer families.
Called Hackney Light and Power, the new company – owned, run, and managed by the council – 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.
Cllr Jon Burke, Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm, said: “Following the commitment to deliver a publicly-owned energy company in the 2018 Manifesto, and subsequent stretching environmental targets in our June 2019 climate emergency motion, I am delighted to announce both the new name of the company, Hackney Light and Power, and our unique logo as an important next step towards an energy company that will help the Council halve its planet-heating emissions by 2030 and deliver net zero emissions by 2040.
“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.”
The company will also aim to make a major contribution to air quality and road transport emissions in the borough through electric vehicle charging, and help eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty by reducing demand for energy through a new scheme, called the Green Homes Programme, which will fund many low carbon, passive home insulation installations at zero cost to the household.
Cllr Burke added: “The energy system is just one area in which we need to rapidly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet, with increasingly worrying impacts on humans and ecosystems across the world. Hackney will not remain untouched by the serious impacts of global warming.
“That is why, amongst our other groundbreaking environmental programmes, we’re committing to deliver a publicly-owned energy company that will play an important role in how we power ourselves in a low carbon world.”
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.
- The name and logo of the company are designed to evoke Hackney’s amazing history of municipal energy generation – http://history.shoreditchtownhall.com/more-light-more-power.html which goes back to its use of refuse to power street lighting in 1897 in the creation of the Shoreditch Electric Light Network, with the motto ‘More Light, More Power’ emblazoned across Shoreditch Town Hall’s coat of arms.
- The Town Hall’s statue of Lady Progress, the centrepiece of HLP’s logo, was added in 1904, a mixture of a Victorian ideal of ‘Hope’ and figures from Greek and Norse mythology.