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Local school has ‘got the power’ and 60 new green graduates

Around 90 pupils from South Wilford Endowed C of E Primary School in Nottingham have shown they’ve got what it takes to become npower’s latest Climate Cops, after taking part in the energy-supplier’s award-winning ‘Climate Cops Academy’.

The interactive learning day – which is part of npower’s environmental education programme, designed to help pupils learn about saving energy and climate change and help schools become more sustainable – comes after npower funded and installed new solar  panels on the school’s roof to help the school reduce their carbon emissions and save money on their energy bills.

Vincent Hampton, Headteacher at South Wilford Endowed said, “Since September 2012 we have been keen to become a more environmentally-friendly school, and are delighted that the new solar panels have already generated enough electricity to make over 13,000 cups of tea and 148kg of CO emissions have been avoided.”

During the ‘Climate Cops Academy’, pupils aged between seven and nine learned about simple ways to save energy while having fun. This included generating electricity with body movement, using a thermal imaging camera to see the effects of insulation and, most importantly, making their pledge to help the environment.

The Climate Cops Academy and solar panel installation supports Nottingham City Council’s SCoRE programme, which works with pupils, teachers, parents and the wider community to help schools become more energy efficient. During the Academy, pupils were joined by special guests Councillor Pat Ferguson and Councillor Roger Steel.

Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy Sustainability at Nottingham City Council said, “This is a great example of youngsters getting involved in helping their school become ‘greener’ in the way it operates. In Nottingham, we are setting the example when it comes to working with pupils and teachers to help them reduce energy usage and think more about the ways they can use it more efficiently.”

Over 8,000 children took part in Climate Cops Academy days across the UK in 2013 and the programme has now reached over 60,000 students since it began in November 2007. In the Nottingham area alone, more than 2,800 pupils have participated in a Climate Cops Academy event since 2010.

Children can visit for interactive games and downloadable activities while teachers can visit to order free Climate Cops teaching resources for 4-14 year olds, designed to help bring sustainable development, science, geography and citizenship lessons to life.


Charlie Martin

RWE Generation statement on the first UK capacity auction

This morning DECC announced that the first UK capacity auction has cleared at £19.40/kW. 49,258.938 MW has been secured for UK for delivery in Q4 2018.

DECC has released a provisional list of the UK assets which have successfully secured a contract, which you can view here:

This information is still subject to Secretary of State approval.

This provisional announcement suggests that RWE Generation has secured contracts for all of the sites that were entered into the auction - 8,011.604 MW (derated capacity), with just one exception: Grimsby Cogen (13MW). We look forward to confirmation of the results from the Secretary of State in due course.

RWE Generation can produce around 9,500MW (full rated commercial capacity) of electricity and operate the most efficient gas fleet in the UK. During the first nine months of 2014, the UK generation business has made a substantial

It’s a wrap for children's toys and npower volunteers

A team of npower volunteers have taken time out of their work schedules to wrap Christmas presents for disadvantaged children in the Birmingham area.

Nine employees from the energy supplier’s Worcester base, led by team leader Alex Madden, gave their time to Birmingham City Mission’s ToyLink programme which sees more than 1,000 families referred to it by Social Services, Health Centres, Churches and other agencies in the region.

Team Leader Alex said, “It was a fantastic day and an amazing experience to be wrapping presents for children you know wouldn’t ordinarily receive anything for Christmas. Birmingham City Mission do a great job and I am really thankful that npower gives us the opportunity to take part in volunteering days such as this - we are hoping to make it an annual event.”

After a city-wide drive for donations, the volunteers carefully matched, wrapped and packed four gifts per each child ready to be delivered before Christmas. The scheme hopes to relieve the financial strains of Christmas for disadvantaged families and helps to ensure that every child receives a present for Christmas day.

In partnership with Community Service Volunteers, npower operates an extensive volunteering programme which provides opportunities for employees to share their skills and make a positive contribution to their local community. So far this year, almost 2000 npower employees have opted in to its community programme, giving back around 10,000 hours to local charities, causes and fundraising.

Clare McDougall, Head of Community said, “Christmas is such a special time of year which can bring to the fore those who are fallen on harder times such as the homeless, lonely or the less wealthy. This was an endearing cause as every child should have a present to open on Christmas Day and the team did a brilliant job contributing Birmingham City Mission’s ToyLink programme.”

npower’s volunteering programme is designed to give time and skills to local communities, and nearly 2,000 employees have taking part in its programme this year. For more information on how employees at npower volunteer, please click here.


Charlie Martin
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