6 million funding for local authority heat networks

A new £6 million grant funding programme has been launched to help Local Authorities (LAs) in England and Wales to develop new heating and cooling networks, and expand existing networks.

To win a share of the funding, local authorities must bring forward ambitious and innovative proposals to develop and deliver heat networks that where possible draw their heat from renewable, sustainable or recoverable sources.

This could include any system in which heat is generated off-site by renewable or recovered sources such as waste heat from industry, energy from waste plants and biomass combined heat and power. Many university campuses, new mixed commercial and residential developments and high rise flats draw their heat from these systems.

Greg Barker, Energy and Climate Change Minister said: “Increasing the use of low carbon heating in our buildings is helping to reduce our dependency on costly, imported oil and gas”. The bidding process to apply for grant funding started last week, and will continue for 18 months through a series of six bidding rounds. Bids will be assessed against transparent and robust criteria. These include the potential for commercial development, contribution towards low carbon and energy reduction objectives, compatibility with wider low carbon and growth agendas (where applicable) and a demonstrable commitment to robust project management and governance.

SWM are currently working with IEWM in the delivery of the Low Carbon Local Authorities Programme which includes an element of support for local authorities wishing to progress with the development of viable CHP and district heating schemes. If you would like more information on the support available, please contact Anna Bright at anna.bright@swm.org.uk.

Source: DECC 


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