UK government report indicates heat network priority

Dr Tim Rotheray

A new infrastructure investment report from the UK’s department of energy and climate change (DECC) shows that heat networks are now recognised by the government as the UK’s third major energy network, with new investments of up to à‚£800m in the next few years.

The CHPA reports that DECC has recently funded heat network feasibility studies by 91 local authorities across the UK and the new report says these projects alone could represent between à‚£400m to à‚£800m in new capital investment opportunities. This figure is in addition to significant private sector capital investment.
Dr Tim Rotheray
à‚  CHPA Director Tim Rotheray said: “Heat networks, alongside gas and electricity networks, play a key and growing role in our energy system and I welcome Government’s recognition of their importance.

à‚  “By delivering energy to homes and businesses through efficient heat networks, this potential infrastructure investment will directly benefit local communities and curb rising energy costs for thousands of people.

à‚  “However, achieving this potential à‚£800m investment will depend on the right policies being in place, ensuring these projects are taken from lines on a page to pipes in the ground.”

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