Council receives grant to investigate renewable heat network

​Date: 23/6/2015

PR 4979

Wakefield Council is launching a feasibility study to see if renewable sources of heat - such as those taken from the ground and rivers - could heat thousands of homes and business across the district and save money.

The Council has been awarded a grant of £77,000 from the Government’s Department of Energy & Climate Change to look into ways of creating heat networks, which provide heat to clusters of buildings using insulated pipes carrying hot water.

The initiative will look into all sources of heat - and could involve sources such as rivers, from industrial processes, or from waste. The heat would then be generated from a central building before being sent out to homes and businesses.

Sites that are currently wasting heat to the air, could potentially sell their heat into the network for the benefit of the wider community.

Cllr Denise Jeffery, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Skills, said: “This is an exciting initiative which could make a big difference to the way we heat our homes in the future. The aim is to make heating more efficient and affordable.

“The feasibility study will look in detail to see if a heat network can provide more efficient heat to buildings and potentially lower bills, as well as helping to cut carbon emissions which contribute to global warming.”

The study will involve looking at sources of heat within a two kilometre radius of Wakefield centre.

Part of the plan will include energy planning for the City Fields housing development. which could be included in a heat network. The scheme is part of a partnership with the Council to create attractive new homes and neighbourhoods for over 2,500 households over the next 10-15 years.

Work on the feasibility study is due to start this summer and it is anticipated the recommendations will be available in autumn.

The results of the study would then be considered by councillors as part of the usual planning process.

Estimates show that around 15 percent of UK heat demand could be met by heat networks by 2030 and by over 40 percent by 2050.