The Committee on Climate Change have published a report assessing the role of biomass – wood, plants and organic waste – in the global strategy to tackle climate change. The report’s key findings are: Managing biomass stocks is an important component of global climate mitigation strategies. Sustainably harvested biomass can play a significant role in […]

A report from the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) highlights how it is potentially possible to reduce the capital costs needed to deploy heat networks at scale, potentially decreasing the cost of the UK’s low carbon transition by £3bn. The new report, which was written by the Energy Systems Catapult, identifies eight cost saving route maps […]

Network, in association with the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the Heat Trust, have published a free guide to heat networks. The guide explains the benefits of heat networks and how they work, including the following topic areas: What is a heat network and how do they work? What are the advantages of a heat network? […]

The UK Government have launched the £320m Heat Networks Investment Project to help accelerate the adoption of low-carbon heat technologies across the public, private and domestic sectors in England and Wales. The scheme is being operated by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and will offer grants and loans to businesses, hospitals, schools and […]

Fife Council has created a heat metering and billing framework for use by local authorities and housing associations that this designed to help grow the heat network market and ensure customer protection. The framework gives local authorities and housing associations access to three suppliers capable of providing a range of services: Switch2 Energy, Pinnacle Power and Vital […]

The UK’s industrial sector could save at least £540m on its energy bills by adopting new energy technologies such as solar and battery storage, according to a report published today by Centrica. The Distributed Energy: Powering the future of industry report covers the UK’s major manufacturing and production activities such as steel, mining, chemicals, car […]

BEIS publish guide to financing heat networks
12th September 2018

The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has published guidance outlining some of the issues, risks and opportunities around financing heat networks in the UK, to support the move to a self-sustaining heat network market. The guidance is aimed at heat network sponsors, developers and funders. Access the guidance for free here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/financing-heat-networks-in-the-uk-guidebook

Local Energy Scotland is leading a Scottish pilot to develop and implement local energy plans for four local communities. The plans developed for Brae, Drumnadrochit, Barra & Vatersay and Oban have now been published. The plans provide an evidence base to take forward energy related actions and projects with a community and energy system mandate. […]

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the final findings of its 7 month study, which set out to establish whether heat network customers are getting the right level of protection. The CMA found many heat networks offer prices that are the same or lower than those paid by people on gas or electricity, […]