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Heat networks to be expanded, announces government

Words: Laura Edgar
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The government has committed a £19 million cash boost to supply low-carbon heating for thousands of homes and buildings in the UK.

This includes university residence and public buildings.

The government has also appointed Ofgem as regulator for Great Britain’s heat networks. The regulator will work to ensure that consumers pay a fair price for a reliable heating supply.

The £19.1 million will go towards setting up five heat networks; two will be in Bristol, and one in Liverpool, London and Worthing. The government said the networks would provide households and workplaces with more affordable, reliable heating “that offers a low-carbon, more cost-effective alternative to installing individual, energy-intensive heating solutions such as gas boilers”.

The cash comes from the £320 million Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP), which aims to support the development of heat networks across England and Wales.

Minister for climate change Lord Callanan said: “"Almost a third of all UK carbon emissions come from heating our homes and addressing this is a vital part of tackling pollution, driving down bills and reducing our reliance on costly fossil fuels. This announcement builds on our commitments made in the Heat and Buildings Strategy to regulate the UK’s heat networks, protect consumers, and create opportunities for green jobs and investment across the country.

“This will allow thousands of households and businesses to feel the benefits of projects that are breaking new ground and making our villages, towns and cities cleaner places to live and work.”

The UK Government plans to build up the heat networks sector, which provides roughly 2 per cent of UK heat demand as it “could meet around a fifth of heat demand by 2050”.

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