We are tapping into a traditional resource for the benefit of the people of Stoke-on-Trent and indeed methane from coal mines has powered industry in the city for decades, so this is nothing new.....
.....The methane here is contained in unused coal mines which contain natural fissures so there is no need to fracture the rocks to get it out. This use of energy provides a stable, local source and it uses less energy than importing gas too....
.....This is only one of a number of technologies we are looking at.
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Genelle Aldred brings you the latest weekend weather for the East & West Midlands.
Another largely dry and bright day with plenty of winter sunshine.
The morning will be cold and windy with bright spells, but also some isolated showers, most likely across Derbyshire.