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.
More top news
The woman who left an abusive note on an ambulance that was treating her sick neighbour has been evicted from her home.
Two lorry drivers have been sentenced after a fatal motorway crash that killed eight people.
Cloud will increase from the south through the evening with outbreaks of light rain and drizzle spreading across all parts by midnight.