Nine councils will receive a share of £24 million for heat network schemes
The money is the first round of funding from a £320 million pot to support district heating schemes which can provide cleaner and cheaper heat and hot water to homes and businesses.
The nine successful councils range from Sheffield to four London boroughs and involve technology including gas-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants, an energy from waste plant and a heat pump scheme.
The money is the first round of funding from a £320 million pot to support district heating schemes
In addition, four other local authorities have been awarded a share of £200,000 to help them develop their plans for heat networks.
It is expected that, in addition to Government money, councils will attract funding from other sources such as private investors and that overall the £320 million will leverage a further £2 billion to help build 200 networks nationwide.
The councils range from Sheffield to four London boroughs
District heat networks are seen as a way of decarbonising UK heating system because they remove the need for homes and commercial buildings to have their own boilers by linking them to a single heat source.
Energy innovations like heat networks can cut costs for households and reduce carbon emissions
This heat can come from combined heat and power plants, which capture and use the heat generated from burning fuel to produce electricity, as well as biomass boilers, incinerating rubbish or using geothermal energy from deep underground.
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Schemes can also use waste heat from places such as factories and even the London Underground.
The heat is piped to homes and businesses in the network to provide hot water and heating.
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Heat networks have the potential to reduce heating costs in some cases by more than 30%, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) said.
Climate change and industry minister Nick Hurd said: “This Government is committed to ensuring a clean, secure and affordable energy supply for communities and businesses across the country.
“Energy innovations like heat networks can cut costs for households and reduce carbon emissions, as almost half of the energy we use goes towards heating our homes and buildings.
“The £24 million in Government funding awarded to these projects will help deliver low carbon energy at competitive prices for local consumers.”