The Government’s failure to implement a “credible” framework for the decarbonisation of heat for commercial and domestic use could undermine public confidence in the net-zero transition, Citizens Advice has warned. In a letter to Ministers today, the charity criticises the Government for leaving “large gaps” in policies surrounding the regulation of low-carbon technologies like heat networks. The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has consistently claimed that heat networks could deliver up to 18% of UK heating demand by 2030. Taking notice of this, the Government has recently launched a £320m scheme to help accelerate the adoption of low-carbon heat networks across the UK’s public, private and domestic sectors and an Energy Systems Catapult centre to assist small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with decarbonising their heat systems. While welcoming this progress, Citizens Advice is arguing that policy is not currently sufficient to protect consumers during the decarbonisation of heat and is likely to result in customer confusion, infrequent and inaccurate billing, and, therefore, overpayment. The charity is voicing concerns that, as most of the costs related to the decarbonisation of the energy system are currently paid for through energy bills, those on low incomes could end up paying a disproportionate share of that cost.
Edie 12th July 2019 read more »
Vital Energi has started on site with the £20m Civic Quarter Heat Network being built in Manchester city centre to supply buildings such as the Town Hall Extension, Art Gallery and Central Library with low-carbon energy. Manchester City Council has been working with sustainable energy supplier Vital Energi on the plans for a number of years, which are part-funded by the Government’s £320m Heat Network Investment Project. The project is topped by a distinctive Tower of Light flue designed by architect Tonkin Liu.
Place North West 11th July 2019 read more »