Leeds homes connected to £36mn district heating network

Leeds City Council announced on Tuesday 17 March that the first 800 households have been connected to the city’s £36mn ‘Leeds PIPES’ district heating network, which uses heat generated from black bin waste. After the scheme’s first phase is completed later this year, nearly 2,000 connected households are estimated to…

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Bristol receives £10mn to accelerate the growth of low-carbon heat networks

Bristol’s City Council has received a £10mn government grant to expand the city’s heat networks. Announced on Wednesday 4 March, funding for the Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP) will see the city’s heat network become broadened and replace the need for individual buildings to have their own heating systems. Part…

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Energy firms trial heat-as-a-service to support the UK’s net zero transition

Announced on Monday 24 February in a press release, Baxi Heating UK and Bristol Energy have successfully trialled selling ‘heat-as-as-service,’ defined by Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) as a ‘Heat Plan.’ Instead of buying units of energy (kWh), consumers could purchase hours of warmth in their home, known as ‘Warm Hours.’…

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New low carbon heat network in Bradford city centre gains momentum

A district heat network scheme which is being supported by the LEP’s Energy Accelerator is a step closer to being built in Bradford city centre. Published on Thursday 6 February, the £14.5mn scheme was supported by members of Bradford Council’s Executive on Tuesday 4 February and will now progress to…

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UKERC urges heat and energy efficiency White Paper

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) published its Review of Energy Policy 2019, putting forward several recommendations for UK energy policy, including the introduction of a heat and energy efficiency White Paper. Published on Monday 9 December, the report finds that, although the focus during the election campaign has been…

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Government consults on heat network regulations

The government has launched a new consultation on proposals for the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations to ensure that final consumption metering devices are installed on heat and cooling networks and can guarantee that billing is based on consumption. Published on Thursday 17 October, it seeks views on the…

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Shell and PassivSystems launch new hybrid heating system

Shell UK and PassivSystems have launched a smart hybrid heating system, which will look to reduce the heating bills of homeowners and lower emissions. Announced on Tuesday 1 October, the B-Snug system will encompass an air source heat pump and a traditional boiler, where intelligent controls monitor the temperature to…

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ESC Innovator Support Platform to accelerate smart heating and cooling tech

Five SMEs have been selected by Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) to receive tailored business support to commercialise or scale up at speed. Published on Wednesday 4 September, the ESC’s Innovator Support Platform (ISP) has focused on companies developing innovative heating and cooling solutions, such as a virtual power plant which…

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