The UK government has announced that 26 local authorities across England and Wales have been awarded over £1.9 million (US$3.1 million) to support the development of district heating networks through the nation’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit.
Winning local authorities will receive grants between £15,000 ($25,000) and £250,000 ($408,000) to kick-start district heating projects, as well as commercial and technical help including assistance in developing business plans to attract commercial investment.
These projects represent the first wave of successful bidders in the UK’s drive to promote district heating.
According to government estimates, 14% of the nation’s heat demand could be met by district heating networks by 2030, and around 43% by 2050.
Energy secretary Ed Davey said, ‘This cash boost and support for local authorities will help supply low carbon heat to a whole range of buildings such as multi-story apartments, office buildings and social housing – not only providing more efficient heat to buildings, but potentially bringing heating bills down too.’