£3m to boost low carbon heating

The government has announced £3m will be made available to set up low carbon heat networks across 55 local authorities…

An extra £3m funding will be awarded to councils across England and Wales. The government announced 55 local authorities will benefit from the additional funding, which will be used to support low carbon heat networks.

Heat networks are designed to provide heat to clusters of buildings through a system of insulated pipes that carry hot water. This eliminates the need for individual homes and businesses to generated their own heat. The networks draw heat from sources such as rivers or mine water, biomass, energy from waste or recovered heat.

Around 15 per cent of UK heat could be met through heat networks by 2030. This figure increases by 40 per cent by 2050. The 74 new heat networks will bring the total number of projects benefiting from government grants to 180.

It is hoped the new fund will support 74 low carbon heat projects, which will lower heating bills in local areas while helping to cut carbon emissions.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said: “Using wasted heat to warm our buildings is a cost effective way to cut carbon and slash energy bills.

“This money will help transform the way communities heat their buildings, schools and homes – as well as show how people and councils can work together to boost jobs and investment in their local area.”

This latest funding is part of the government’s drive to increase low carbon heating projects. The 55 local authorities are part of the fourth group of successful bidders.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma said: “Low carbon heat generation is on the rise in the UK and local authorities have an important role to play in maintaining this growth and driving forward innovation and progress in the heat industry.

“By working together communities have the power to deliver clean energy to local areas, reduce bills and create more green jobs.”

Grants will range between £16,000 to £263,000 to help local authorities set up their projects.

The successful local authorities are:

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Birmingham City Council

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

Bournemouth Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

Bromsgrove District Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Calderdale

Ceredigion County Council

Cheshire East Borough Council

City & County of Swansea

City of Westminster

Colchester Borough Council

Cornwall Council

Coventry City Council

Crawley Borough Council

Devon County Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough

East Hampshire District Council

Eden District Council

Flintshire County Council

Forest Heath District Council

Gloucestershire County Council

Herefordshire Council

Kent County Council

Leicestershire County Council

Lincolnshire County Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Harrow

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Islington

London Borough of Redbridge

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Manchester City Council

Middlesbrough Borough Council

Newhaven Town Council

North Devon District Council

North Tyneside Council

Norwich City Council

Plymouth City Council

Portsmouth City Council

Rugby Borough Council

Runnymede Borough Council

Salford City Council

Slough Borough Council

South Staffordshire

South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Southend-on-Sea Council

St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Stratford-on-Avon

Sunderland City Council

Wakefield City Metropolitan District Council

Wiltshire Council

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