Borough of Poole has been awarded funding to investigate the possibility of implementing heat networks which could provide cheaper heat to homes and businesses in Poole.
The Heat Network Delivery Unit (HNDU) at the Department for Energy and Climate Change awarded the council £73,783 to particularly focus towards proving the feasibility of heat networks on the town’s regeneration sites, close to the award winning Twin Sails Bridge.
Heat networks can provide cheaper, greener heat to local homes and businesses, whilst increasing local energy security and resilience to climate change. Heat networks distribute heat from a single source to multiple homes and businesses through a network of underground pipes, which can be more efficient than heating buildings individually. Connected buildings avoid the cost of individual heating systems and maintenance, and can benefit from lower heating bills through more efficient generation and making use of waste heat.
The Council was supported by the Carbon Trust in its application for HNDU funding. The grant will cover the cost of ongoing Carbon Trust support to enable the Council to reduce transaction costs and increase their internal knowledge and capacity to take local heat network projects to successful procurement.
HNDU funding is designed to help local authorities finance the cost of developing heat network projects, including external legal, commercial and project governance advice. The fourth round of HNDU funding opened on 16 October.
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Carbon Management, Borough of Poole, said: 'The Borough’s Covenant of Mayors Action Plan sets the ambitious target of reducing Borough-wide emissions by 30% by 2020 from 2005 levels. Heat Networks can play a key part in achieving this purpose and we are delighted to have the opportunity to investigate the feasibility of heat networks for one of the largest regeneration sites in the South West.'