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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?
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.
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.
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.
Public sector organisations in England and Wales are about to benefit from £320M of support from the Government to decarbonise building heating systems.
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.
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.
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.
John Marsh, Operations Director at Metropolitan, is to provide vital evidence-based analysis of low carbon projects 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.
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.
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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- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy team visits King's Cross district energy network
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