Councils step up heat network plans


Fifty five local councils in England and Wales will share £3 million in government funding towards setting up heat networks. The Department of Energy & Climate Change allocated the additional money to 74 low-carbon heat projects. The amount each project will receive varies between £16,000 and £263,000.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Baroness Verma, was able to make the announcement at a conference about heat in Birmingham today.

She 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.”

The news comes as a raft of local authorities step up plans to co-ordinate energy supplies for their tenants and buildings. Some local authorities may become energy suppliers in their own right, provided they can procure and manage the necessary services and systems.

District heating and combined heat and power are likely to play a substantial role in their plans.

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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