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
We caught up with the Solihull tennis star's big sister to ask what it's like having a British number three in the family...
Demonstrations are happening up and down the country tonight in response to the inauguration of Donald Trump.
Richard Bernard was found injured outside his flat in Derby. He died a short time later from stab wounds.