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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A good deal of cloud but for many a dry day.
Bright morning across southern parts, after a chilly start, but thicker cloud in the northwest will push southeast during afternoon.
Dry with clear spells this evening, allowing temperatures to quickly fall close to freezing.