The Government has outlined how it will allocate £40m to bring seven new low-carbon heat networks online across London, Leeds, Liverpool and Bristol. Across the four city-regions, the funding will support the provision of clean heating to 30,000 homes. Of the funding, £10.9m will be used on projects in Bristol. The city’s Old Market Heat Network will supply 10 office blocks, 4 residential blocks, two hotels and one school in the city centre, while a smaller project in Redcliff will cover the local commercial estate. Enfield Borough Council will get £14.76m and Veolia South East London will receive a £5.5m pot. The former is seeking to heat 10,000 with waste heat, rising to 15,000 homes by 2030, while the latter is building a pipe to connect 3,500 homes with the South East London Combined Heat and Power plant. Leeds City Council will receive a £2.4m share for infrastructure to deliver heat from the city Centre’s Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility (RERF) to five council buildings. The remaining £1.3m is being awarded to Peel L&P’s Peel Energy Arm, for its Liverpool Waters project. Earlier this year, office blocks within the project were verified as net-zero carbon against the UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) standard, in what Peel L&P described as a national first.
Edie 6th Feb 2020 read more »
Decarbonising home heating, currently responsible for around 18% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, is arguably the biggest challenge the energy sector faces over the coming decades, a new report has said. The Ofgem decarbonisation action plan pitches electric heat pumps and the replacing of natural gas with hydrogen as two alternatives for future home heating – while acknowledging uncertainty as to their relative roles. Heat networks are also seen as having a role to play, where heat is provided by heat pumps, hydrogen, biomass, waste heat or other low carbon fuels. This year, the government plans to publish a Low Carbon Heat Roadmap, and while this will provide some direction for the future, Ofgem recognises that “fundamental technological uncertainty” means many questions will remain. Already, government is considering a proposal from the heating industry to set a date by which all boilers on sale would be “hydrogen ready” for conversion from natural gas. But the Ofgem report recommends “sensible low regrets” actions that can be taken now to ensure the UK is set up for the “huge task” of heat decarbonisation. In particular, developing evidence on the feasibility and cost of different routes to decarbonisation is seen as critical to enable the sector to deliver a timely transition at lowest cost. To Ofgem, greater energy efficiency is a low regret option that can be taken in the knowledge that it will be beneficial regardless of what technologies come to the fore in the future. Ofgem expects that heat pumps will be needed to heat many homes, regardless of the future of hydrogen, with related research saying a switch to low carbon heating will require annual investment by 2050 of around £15-20bn (in 2019 money) up from just £100m in 2018.
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