For many years, methane from disused coal mines in and around Stoke-on-Trent has been captured and sold to the market. Preliminary research suggests that there are supplies of gas from un-mined coal - known as coal bed methane - that could also be extracted.
The council claim that local businesses and communities could benefit from locally-sourced energy.
We rely on a consistent and secure supply of energy. Energy costs are a critical factor in our continued growth and the jobs and prosperity we generate for the city. The search for alternative local supplies and the use of coal bed methane would be a massive boost for us.
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Severe gales and showers are expected to bring travel disruption across the region on the roads and railways.
Strong winds will ease through the morning. A mixture of sunny spells and showers will continue through the day.
Very strong winds will ease during the morning. A cold feeling day with sunny spells, but scattered showers will be wintry over hills.