Low-carbon district heating received a massive boost last week as the Government launched a consultation on how best to spend £320 million in funding for the industry.
The Department of Energy and Climate Control (DECC), headed up by Secretary of State Amber Rudd, stated that “The funding we're consulting on today will enable these schemes to provide affordable low carbon energy to thousands of homes and businesses across Britain’s towns and cities,"
District heating is seen as being a big component of Britain’s energy future. The Association of Decentralised Energy, an organisation focused on bringing Combined Heat and Power, and District Heating, believes that the focus on the innovative system highlights “the need to cost effectively decarbonise heat in the UK, deliver local infrastructure investments, and make heat more affordable remains imperative.”
District heating utilises a central location to generate heat and then distribute it to commercial and residential properties. The system is highly adaptive and can be powered by energy efficient means, including biomass, heat pumps, solar, and nuclear; alongside traditional fossil fuels.