The Energy Service

What our energy service does and projects we're involved in.

What we do

Our Energy Service is made up of a number of different teams, each working together to provide a quality service and best value for the city.
 
Our core objectives are ensuring the city has a secure energy supply, is resilient to future changes, and actively reducing carbon emissions for the city.

Our projects

The Energy Service operates in six key areas, ranging from large energy-infrastructure projects to home sustainability on a local level.
 
Our main project teams are:  

Housing 

Our Warm Up Bristol scheme is an initiative designed to make the private housing stock in Bristol more energy efficient to create cosier, healthier homes and reduce carbon emissions.
 
We’re dedicated to tackling cold homes and reducing fuel poverty in the city and we’ve secured government funding to help us do this.
 
See Warm Up Bristol to find out how you can benefit from our scheme
 
Investment
 
Our Investment team leads on renewable energy installations and community energy projects which help local people to invest in clean energy like solar power.

We're also responsible for ensuring the council’s corporate buildings use less energy by introducing renewables and energy efficiency measures.  

Infrastructure

This scheme focuses on projects which will improve Bristol’s energy security. We're working on installing heat and energy networks to supply more efficient and lower carbon heat and power to the city.  

Community Energy 

We manage the Bristol Community Energy Fund which delivers grant funding to community energy projects across the city. Community and equality-led groups can  access grant funding of up to £10,000 to support their projects in Bristol.
 

Environmental performance (EMAS)

We look after the council’s overall environmental performance, ensuring that the council is legally compliant, prevents pollution, and continually improves its performance.
 
This part of the service works both for the council and for external clients in the public and third sectors.  

Energy supply

We buy gas, electricity, oil, and bio fuels for the council and other public sector bodies including schools.  

Our achievements in 2015 

The council's Energy Service had a big role to play in making our year as the UK's first ever European Green Capital a big success. Here's a few of the things that we achieved in 2015.
 
  • Helped over 2,000 private and council-owned homes become cosier, healthier and more energy efficient through our schemes.
  • Installed almost 1MW  of and energy efficiency refurbishments across council owned buildings in partnership with community energy groups
  • Created a new1.8MW council owned and managed solar farm in Avonmouth which could generate enough clean energy to power over 4,000 homes
  • First section of new low-carbon and lower-cost heat network  laid in Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and across the new Arena Bridge
  • Met our target to reduce carbon emissions by 40% early. These targets have since been updated, with Bristol’s end goal being to become a carbon neutral city by 2050.

Contact details

David White, Energy Service Manager