Local Sourcing - How the move to district energy taps into the growing need for energy efficient heating solutions

Andrew White of Metropolitan Infrastructure explains how the move to district energy taps into the growing need for energy efficient heating solutions.

Housebuilders and developers are under pressure to offer more forward-looking, energy-efficient heating solutions, rather than just the traditional provision of gas-fired individual boilers. Meanwhile, planning requirements demand that new developments be low carbon, fossil fuels are depleting, and renewables are playing an increasing role in energy supply as a means of reducing carbon emissions.

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New funding for District Energy - a golden opportunity

In March this year the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) predicted that decentralised energy systems, or district energy, could radically change the way that homes and businesses are heated, and forecast that by 2030 heat networks could be servicing at least 10% of the UK's total heat demand. Government estimates put the possible share of heat supply contributed by district energy even higher at 14%. But why should local authorities and other public sector organisations adopt this technology and exactly what funding and other support is available to help them do so?

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District Energy Networks - Securing the future of these valuable assets

District energy is a proven technology, with more than 2000 networks already in place in the UK. The recent injection of substantial Government loan funding for the public sector to encourage the development of district energy is expected to deliver £2 billion of new heat network infrastructure. Many local authorities and other public-sector organisations are consequently considering implementing this energy solution by taking advantage of the funding and support available through the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP), Heat Network Development Unit (HNDU) in England and Wales, and the District Heating Loan Fund (DHLF) and Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) in Scotland.

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Growing momentum behind district energy in London - new network planned for major Uxbridge development

The zero-carbon development requirements in the London Plan, which promotes Lean, Clean and Green development, have encouraged the implementation of district energy networks, which deliver significant energy efficiencies over traditional heating solutions. In the latest example of the growing adoption of this technology, Metropolitan, alongside its partner Vital Energi, announced today that it has been awarded the contract to design, build and operate the district energy network for St. Andrew's Park, the new community being built near Uxbridge in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

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Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy team visits King's Cross district energy network

Metropolitan's district energy network, at the prestigious King's Cross development in central London, was visited recently by a team from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) including Emma Floyd, the Project Director of the Heat Networks Investment Project. The team, who are responsible for the policies and funding which encourage the implementation of new district energy networks, was keen to see a mature network in operation.

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Public sector set to benefit from cutting edge sustainable energy solutions

Public sector organisations in England and Wales are about to benefit from £320M of support from the Government to decarbonise building heating systems.

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Innovative design from Metropolitan provides solution to challenging wastewater requirements

By thinking 'outside the box', and working closely with owner Land Securities' Development Manager, Camland Developments, Metropolitan has provided an affordable solution to the problematic wastewater requirements of the Castle Hill development, the first phase of the new town being built in Ebbsfleet, Kent. The proposal to design and build an onsite wastewater treatment plant resolved cost and technical issues which might otherwise have stalled the entire development.

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Metropolitan and E.ON deliver lower carbon district heating

Metropolitan and E.ON have been selected to provide the district heating system powering the next phase of the Greenwich Millennium Village (GMVL) development. The Metropolitan energy and utility infrastructure will be supplied by a new energy centre owned and operated by E.ON which will serve 1,743 new houses to be built over the next eight years.

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Powering King's Cross - past, present and future

The landmark development at King's Cross is one of the largest and most prestigious developments presently being undertaken in the UK. Consisting of 5 million square feet of commercial property and 2,000 new homes, it is home to London's University of Arts and Google's new UK headquarters. The area covers 67 acres, with 20 new streets and 10 new public squares. This is, however, not necessarily what makes it so remarkable.

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Metropolitan's John Marsh to provide vital evidence at Low Carbon England

John Marsh, Operations Director at Metropolitan, is to provide vital evidence-based analysis of low carbon projects at Low Carbon England 2015.

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Watch John Marsh speaking at Low Carbon England 2015

John Marsh, Operations Director, Low Carbon England 2015: Meeting the Emissions Reduction Targets. Speaking regarding some of the innovative solutions Metropolitan has delivered as a leading provider of sustainable energy and utility infrastructure, John will address the issues faced by England and meeting EU emissions reduction targets.

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First GB-wide independent heat customer protection scheme goes live

This is through the launch of Heat Trust, a new industry-led customer protection scheme that set standards in key areas including performance, reliability and customer service. The Energy Ombudsman will provide the independent complaints handling service to ensure fair treatment of customers.

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Metropolitan announces the appointment of Andrew White

Metropolitan, a national integrated energy and utility infrastructure provider, has welcomed a new member to its management team, Andrew White. Andrew is the Business Development Director, responsible for the continued growth of Metropolitan district energy utility solutions.

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