This website has been developed by the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire's Local Authorities Energy Partnership & Marches Energy Agency. It is a place to learn more about what is being done to tackle the climate crisis by community groups, indviduals and local authorties in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire 


Local Authorities Energy Partnership (LAEP)
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire

The LAEP is a successful and proactive energy partnership of all county, city, district and borough councils which make up Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and was established in 1996. The partnership works to alleviate fuel poverty, reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency and promote sustainable energy generation.

Partnership activities are delivered via a membership service and a communications service which are funded through separate subscriptions. Councils benefit from support, information and communication services and collaborate on carbon reduction, affordable warmth and sustainable energy projects, sharing expertise and best practice.



Marches Energy Agency (MEA)

Marches Energy Agency (MEA), founded in 1998, is a independent charity supporting communities in the Midlands. We deliver practical solutions to reduce fuel poverty and cold homes, promote energy reduction and encourage the uptake of renewable energy. Our overriding objective is to support householders. There are over 75,000 households struggling to stay warm in the areas we support. The LAEP Communications Service has been provided by the (MEA) since 2009.

The challenges of the climate crisis, security of energy and rising energy costs continue to grow. At MEA, we are inspired to embrace these challenges fully and help create a better future. In this future, we see our homes and community buildings becoming warmer and cheaper to run, producing significantly less carbon and generating their own power. We see more significant leadership roles from Local Authorities, faith networks, colleges and NGOs, able to influence, train and inspire.


Our mission is:

  • to address fuel poverty
  • to enhance local energy security and resilience
  • to help create low carbon citizens, communities, organisations and economies.


Our approach is:

  • Innovative: We seek in all that we do to be innovative. The scale of the energy trilemma (affordability, security & low carbon) calls for new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.
  • Community Centred: The community is at the heart of all that we do. We have to try to engage whole communities on the low carbon/sustainable journey.
  • Practical and exciting: Energy can be dull. We try to make it exciting (or at least less dull!) and always practical.
  • Sustainable: What we provide has to endure long after we have moved on to the next project. We always aim to leave a lasting legacy.