Leicester City Council is looking to expand its green heat networks after receiving a £2.8m share of government cash aimed nationally at that purpose.

The city is one of 38 local authorities to have won a share of the funding from the department of business energy and industrial strategy.
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Business Desk reports that Leicester’s successful bid for £80,400 will pay for feasibility studies, which could be the first step to extending Leicester’s existing district heating network into three more areas of the city.

Over the next seven months, the council will work with consultants to gauge the heating demand and the outcome of the studies will help determine whether the council will make a bid for capital funding from the Government’s Heat Network Delivery Unit to expand its existing district heating network.

Councillor Adam Clarke, assistant city mayor for energy and sustainability, said: “Leicester’s district heating scheme is already helping cut carbon emissions across the city, and we want to build on that. This new funding will allow us to explore the opportunities to extend the benefits of combined heat and power into key regeneration areas over the coming years.”

“Extending our own green heat network is a key part of our ambition to make Leicester a low carbon city.”

The Leicester District Energy Scheme already comprises a 7km city centre network, with three smaller networks covering an additional 7km in outlying areas.

Through its use of combined heat and power plants, the scheme has helped reduce citywide carbon emissions by over 7,000 tonnes per annum.

Nationally, district heating networks are expected to provide 50 GW of heat energy – equivalent to about 40 per cent of the UK’s heating needs – by 2050.