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4 months ago (6:52 PM)
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robert l cooper

We try our best But I noticed on railways stations all the lights were on in broad daylight .Wgat a waste ,and floodlit building should be off after midnight.

Paul Hagger

One area of energy wastage which could be banned is the use by pubs and restaurants of outdoor oil/gas heaters.
Also a London-wide campaign for shops to close their doors in winter with signage to say they are open - if they all did it, it would be a benefit and fair to everyone.

NickPretzel

This is largely outside of one's control if you are living in private rented accommodation and landlords have very little incentive to make their tenants' bills cheaper if there's nothing in it for them.

pukpuk

I hate energy saving. Good old light bulbs were replace by expensive dangerous for environment energy bulbs which last few weeks and need to be specially disposed. What's the point? It only increase problem. Also switching on and off light bulbs (especially energy saving ones) uses more energy than leaving them on for whole evening. We are just being brain washed by good doers.

ajk25

it's actually a misnomer that turning lights on and off uses more energy than leaving them on. If you literally stood by the switch switching it on and off in quick succession you could probably use more energy than leaving it on, but that's a pretty unlikely scenario. But I guess as someone who 'hates saving energy', it's a pastime you may genuinely consider.

EmmaHughes

Londoners need clean, affordable energy that we get a genuine say in. The Mayor should set up a fully licensed, public energy supply company in his first two years in office. That could transform the energy market, breaking the strangle hold of the Big 6.
I would love to have a public supply company that i can have a democratic say in, either through online forums or attending events etc.
A energy company for London could revolutionise energy in london - putting solar panels on all bus stops, supporting community energy, retrofitting hundreds of homes.
There are one million Londoners living in fuel poverty - changing light bulbs and turning off appliances is no longer enough - we need the mayor to give us affordable and clean energy - city wide public energy companies can do that - come on Sadiq, give us London's energy company!

Gemmar

This is exactly my dream! I back you 200%!!!

robstuart

Agreed. London could be a world leader in clean, efficient, localised and micro energy production. Few places have such a great opportunity to get it right. Let's do it!

kath

I agree with all this. A London energy company could also train local people in local installation and maintenance of solar panels (google the Barefoot University in India for their [successful] programme training rural women from the subcontinent and Africa in solar installation and maintenance).
There should also be more research into and building of low-cost, energy efficient homes and small business units. There are several groups of architects in the US who do just this, hough I'm not sure which are working in urban settings.

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Hugo mac

What happened to energy grants? Insulation?, communal energy projects, making off street parking surfaces porous to reduce rain into the sewers, green roofs ( aparently they retain most of the water which then evaporates)?
Incentivise. provide work

London Ana

'Exploring' is not enough. Please commit to creating a not-for-profit energy company to supply cleaner energy in the city. Too many londoners are paying through the nose for energy or going without.

Anna Hart

We desperately need clean public energy in London urgently. Sadiq must follow through with setting up a London energy company in this current term. Londoners can transform their energy approach and usage if we feel that we have a stake in it.

Gemmar

Emma @ Anna Hart, i am fully in agreement with both of you. Also individual councils could start thinking about going completely solar. They did it in Germany, they did it in Italy and Austria. Start off small projects, I hear in Germany some villages of around 10.000 people benefits from solar energy. And also Germany has a similar problem with cloudy sky like England!

Paul Hagger

Hope we are all making use of the clean energy companies already out there such as Good Energy, Ecotricity etc? In Good Energy's case, they guarantee that all their electricity comes from renewables.

robstuart

Yes, Good Energy is my supplier. Unlike the Big 6, they guarantee their prices will remain fixed until spring.

bridgelene

Why not make London run on renewable energy? The Thames alone could generate an incredible amount, not to mention all the rubbish we produce.

Hannahshort

The GLA should divest it's £4.8billion pension fund from fossil fuels and reinvest in a publically owned energy company. This would revolutionise energy generation in London, and be something Londoners could all have a stake in and be proud of. It's not enough to simply be 'exploring' this option - there are many organisations that would be happy to help, it's just a question of making the decision to do it. Take a bold step and go for it Sadiq - we'll be right behind you.

robstuart

Great plan! Let's do it.

johntippins

Yes, I do save energy - by using low voltage lighting, using public transport and so on and so on. But what's the point when London is choc-full of cars that take up too much room and do 10mpg. The mayor promised in his manifesto to set up "a not-for-profit energy company to supply cleaner energy in the city". He needs to get onto it now. We need a publicly-owned company supplying energy from renewable sources. London needs it, the world needs it and we need it now.

Gemmar

I am fanatic about anything possible to save or reinvent ways to save energy or not using energy as it stand now. I am full heartedly into solar energy and other forms of clean green energy. I am fed up of suffering from allergic reactions when I go out for a walk or shopping. I am fed up of the pollution I have to breath in London whenever I step outside my door. I am fed up of my teary eyes and running nose whenever I step outside my door. The technology for solar power is there, what do London wait for?

ajk25

Londoners need clean, affordable eneregy that we get a genuine say in. The Mayor should set up a fully licensed, public energy supply company. That could transform the energy market, breaking the stranglehold of the Big Six."

bobbobbob909

You said you would set up a public energy company for London... This can be done within a year or two if there is political will. Please do it... Loads of other cities have this now, its obviously a good thing for Londoners and theres loads of support for it. Dont renege on your promises... lets see it happen... Bob

isasuarez

London could be an example for the rest of the world for providing clean and eco-friendly energy to its citzens. There are one million Londoners living in fuel poverty - changing light bulbs and turning off appliances is no longer enough. We need the Mayor to give us affordable and clean energy, a London public energy company could do that. That's why I want Sadiq to proritise setting up a fully public company over the next two years

antonymelville

Let's have a City-owned energy company, with solar generation on all station roofs and bus stops and municipal buildings. Combined heat and power plants and LEDs in all public lighting.

James Angel

There are one million Londoners living in fuel poverty - changing light bulbs and turning off appliances is no longer enough. We need the Mayor to give us affordable and clean energy, a London public energy company could do that. That's why I want Sadiq to proritise setting up a fully public company over the next two years. And I want to have a real say in how this company is run, both through online forums and meetings in my borough! Energy democracy is the name of the game!

bobritchie

There are one million Londoners living in fuel poverty - changing light bulbs and turning off appliances is no longer enough. We need the Mayor to give us affordable and clean energy, a London public energy company could do that. That's why I want Sadiq to proritise setting up a fully public company over the next two years.

Brian Madican

Londoners need clean, affordable eneregy that we get a genuine say in. The Mayor should set up a fully licensed, public energy supply company in his first two years in Office. That could transform the energy market, breaking the stranglehold of the Big Six.

amanathwal11

There are one million Londoners living in fuel poverty – changing light bulbs and turning off appliances is no longer enough. We need the Mayor to give us affordable and clean energy, a London public energy company could do that. That’s why I want Sadiq to proritise setting up a fully public company over the next two years.

elisabethclive

Dear Sadiq Khan, I think an independent clean energy company is a fantastic idea. How great it would be to have all of London running on clean, affordable energy for all. It would be truly inspiring if you could set up a fully licensed, public energy supply company that could transform the energy market, and revolutionise the way cities run. Absolutely spectacular idea.

robp88

London needs clean, affordable energy. The Mayor should set up a fully licensed, public energy supply company in his first two years in office, which Londoners get a genuine say in. That could transform the energy market, breaking the stranglehold of the Big Six. There are one million Londoners living in fuel poverty – changing light bulbs and turning off appliances is no longer enough. That’s why I want Sadiq to proritise setting up a fully public company.

AMussell

For me living in a privately rented house, although I can do my best to switch off lights unused, and use heating to a minimum (obviously the main incentive here is not saving energy but the unaffordable bills), I can't control the fact that my house is badly insulated, causing damp and mould and requiring a lot of heating to keep it warm. Landlords clearly don't have the motivation to improve the housing, and energy companies certainly don't. While the current Government obviously aren't going to deal with this (they've already cut pretty much all funding for insulation etc), we should have a London public energy company that prioritises good service, low bills, and finding incentives/regulation for landlords to improve the housing to. Of course this company could also prioritise sourcing energy from renewable sources including from locally generated sources within London.

Grace O

Clean, green, affordable energy can only be a good thing for London, Londoners and the Planet too. I would love to believe that this is more than just 'talk' from Mr Khan and would love to see this happen.

Daveycross

A publicly owned and democratically accountable energy company for London would be a great way to limit the near-monopoly of the big 6 energy companies, helping to hold electricity bills down. Renewable energy would help cut air pollution from particulate emissions of coal fired power stations, making a real improvement to the lives of millions of Londoners. Decoupling carbon from economic activity has global benefits in helping to combat climate change, buying us some time to hold on to the wealth we have amassed as a society over the last 150 years. Come on Sadiq! We are backing you on this one.

sammesner

I feel there should be a London wide public energy company that is devoted to generating clean and cheap energy. Homes could be re-fitted, public buildings and structures could host solar panels and small wind turbines. More innnovative methods of generating energy - for example pressure sensitive devices in floors that attract high foot fall should be developed and installed. This should be a priority considering the global energy situation and global warming and climate change.

Bernadette

As I am a recipient of state benefits making ends meet is a struggle anything of that can bring the cost of staying warm in the winter would be beneficial, I am appalled at the level of profit the big six are making at he expense of the poorest.

SELCE

I am commenting on behalf of South East London Community Energy, a not for profit social enterprise that generates renewable energy that benefits our community building and does work to tackle fuel poverty.
We set up SELCE in response to twin concerns of climate change and energy inequalities. We work with the most vulnerable in our community and help them to engage in the energy market and to make changes to their properties and their lives to reduce energy use. But we are aware that they face systematic disadvantage in a market based system that favours the digitally savvy living in efficiently properties paying by direct debit.
We are excited by prospect of an energy supply company for London because it could offer opportunities to tackle fuel poverty and energy injustice and also to support community financed renewable energy companies.
I would like to see an energy supply company for London that offers genuine social tariffs to those of low incomes and works to identify vulnerable customers and supports them through the process of applying for the Warm Homes Discount
- Before targeting support at the fuel poor, it is necessary to identify them. This is more challenging than you might imagine. Energy consumption data matched with other data relating to the energy efficiency of properties could provide a way of identifying the fuel poor and of targeting support advice and opportunities for subsidised energy efficiency measures through ECO3. This is something that I would like to see an energy supply company for London doing
- I would like to see any financial surplus made from energy for Londoners to be matched with ECO3 funds in order to fully finance major energy efficiency measures for those living in fuel poverty
- The Smart Meter roll-out is being botched by the Big Six: we have talked to a number of customers who have been miss-sold SMETZ1 smart meter energy supply contracts on the basis of incorrect information. I would like to see an energy supply company for London undertake an ethical approach to the smart meter roll-out and to support low income or vulnerable customers to make best use of the data from their IHD
- Reductions in subsidies for solar PV that have taken place under the current administration have made it impossible for organisations such as SELCE to continue to install community financed solar PV on schools and community buildings and to offer them savings in their energy costs. SELCE produces surplus energy (that is not needed by the schools that host solar arrays. However the price for this export is very low (currently just 4.85p per kWh). An energy supply company for London could offer a higher export price to community energy organisations that would enable us to continue the work we are doing in bringing the benefits of renewable energy to schools and community buildings.

NickPretzel

Hats off to you! We need more of these projects. Honestly, the sentiment behind your post has truly moved me.

JakeColman

I think there should be a public energy company that is committed to generating clean and affordable energy for Londoners. Solar Panels could be fitted on homes, public buildings, bus stops and other spaces across the city. It would take decisions about how our energy is produced and priced away from the profit-motives of 6 big energy companies and into the hands of London's public, which I think would create a much wiser system, benifitting all Londoners, effectively tackling Fuel Poverty and Climate Change. This should be a priority for all policies and discussions about London's energy future.

jjjstevenson

How about a public energy company that delivers clean, affordable energy set up in the next two years? That would help A LOT.

Carolyn Hayman

Before initiating a public energy company (which may be a good idea) look at what is already happening, in Haringay for example which is aiming for 40% reduction in carbon emissions between 2005 and 2020. It may be more useful for the Mayor to support and stitch together existing green initiatives, than set up a new company exploiting the difference between the wholesale and retail price of power - GB Power just went bust doing that. Zurich has a good city energy plan that shows how energy can be linked into a whole range of planning issues.

NeilClarke

There are one million Londoners living in fuel poverty – changing light bulbs and turning off appliances is no longer enough. We need the Mayor to give us affordable and clean energy, a London public energy company could do that. That’s why I want Sadiq to proritise setting up a fully public company over the next two years.