Birmingham City Council is looking to slash its £25 million a year gas, electricity and water bills through investment in solar and wind power, fuel saving initiatives and using its size to buy wholesale energy at lower costs. A new dedicated council energy manager will also be asked to look at the detailed business case for creating a low cost energy company to allow citizens to get access to cheap fuel. Last year the proposal was suggested during council budget discussions and now the project will be thoroughly investigated to ensure the finances and energy savings stack up. If the council can secure cheap wholesale energy and pass it on to city households at lower cost than the big energy companies – helping to combat fuel poverty. Meanwhile with green initiatives, lower cost fuel and general cuts in council offices, staff and services, bosses expect to see the annual bill fall by a third in the next four years. Until now council departments have worked on their own energy policies – with some doing more than others to cut costs and carbon emissions – but now a single energy manager will oversee the whole organisation.