UK MEP visits CHP plant ahead of key EU vote

Ms Vicky Ford, MEP for the East of England, has visited the CHP system at British Sugar’s factory in Bury St Edmunds in the run up to the vote on the European Union’s (EU) Energy Efficiency Directive at the end of October.

The directive requires that by 1 January 2014, EU member states will have established a national heating and cooling plan including the use of CHP.

Although CHP is said to be 30 per cent more efficient in generating power than separate electricity and heat production, only 11 per cent of energy production currently uses it.

The new directive wants to raise this figure to 21 per cent by 2020.

British Sugar says its CHP facility helps the factory to be more than 70 per cent energy efficient, allowing it to transfer 50 MW of electricity back into the local power grid.

“I think everyone is so concerned about their energy bills and wants to be efficient but it is giving people the incentive to do it that is important, that is what the directive is about,” said Ford.

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