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10:00, 11th January 2017

Direction of heat policy to be outlined in carbon plan

The government will start to outline its plans for the decarbonisation of heating when it publishes its latest emissions reduction plan in 2017, business and energy minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe has revealed.

It will need to "thoroughly re-assess the evidence" before establishing a long-term direction for policy over the next few years.

"Our plans on heat will feature in the emissions reduction plan next year," said Neville-Rolfe, at an event held by the think tank Policy Exchange. "We are determined to do more and we know that this will require determination and a clear line of sight."

She told attendees heat is "one of the more difficult energy uses to decarbonise" and there is currently "no consensus on the best technology or mix of technologies to achieve the scale of change needed".

"We need a clearer shared understanding of the potential, the costs and the benefits of different approaches," she added. "And whether there are practical solutions to the challenges we know they involve."

Neville-Rolfe said it is important to start the process now if Britain is to meet its 2050 carbon reduction targets in the most cost-effective way: "Our ambition is to be able to agree in the next few years on the right long-term direction for heat policy."

There have been mounting calls for the government to address a ‘policy gap' when comes to the decarbonisation of heating.

Policy Exchange has urged the government to "completely re-think" its most recent strategy. At a cost of £300 billion, it said the plans outlined in 2013 to install electric heat pumps in four out of five homes by 2050 would be a "colossal waste of money".

The Committee on Climate Change warned in October that progress on heating has stalled and that emissions targets will not be met unless the government puts in place "a credible new strategy". Last month the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) called on the government to produce a white paper to address the gap in policy.

Permanent secretary for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alex Chisholm, revealed in October that the latest emissions reduction plan will be published in February. The plan will lay out how the government intends to meet the fifth carbon budget for 2028 to 2032 which it agreed to in June.

Originally published at Networks Online

10:00, 10th January 2017

Churchill College, Cambridge furthers sustainability goals using a new Veolia CHP

The service will replace the previous CHP that had completed over 120,000 generating hours over a 22 year life - equivalent to a vehicle completing over 5 million miles or 208 trips around the earth. After years of successful delivery of electricity, heat and hot water to the campus the college has now decided to take advantage of the benefits of a modern more efficient unit to support their academic and research activities in mathematics, science and technology, the arts and humanities.

The new CHP uses the latest lean-burn technology to generate low carbon electricity and heat for the campus, and will save an estimated 5,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. Veolia’s CHP helpdesk will provide lifetime monitoring with maintenance provided by the company’s nationwide field service teams.

Commenting on the new contract, Gavin Graveson, Veolia’s COO Public and Commercial said “This latest application of CHP demonstrates our long term commitment to deliver energy efficiency and low carbon energy to higher education. We currently have 25MWe of CHP capacity that provides energy on over 60 University campuses, supporting their education and research facilities, and housing more than 200,000 students. ”

Receiving its Royal Charter in 1960, Churchill College is the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill and is situated on 42 acres in north-west Cambridge. The College is renowned for its academic standing and has produced twenty-nine Nobel Prize winners among its past and present members.

For more information visit www.veolia.co.uk

10:00, 9th January 2017

12 reasons to turn to Rehau for district heating pipework

There are 12 compelling reasons to install Rehau’s range of district-heating pipework — and they are spelt out in a new 12-page brochure. One reason is that the company’s pipework uses 10% less material than steel and has fittings that are up to 50% quicker to fit — with no hot works.

Another benefit is the Duo form of the pipework being available in lengths of up to 400m, so fewer joints are required.

The brochure also highlights Rehau’s UK-based sales and technical-support team, BIM modelling capability and UK manufacturing.

There is also guidance for specifiers on choosing between Rauvitherm and Rauthermex products, depending on the thermal performance and flexibility requirements of the project.

There is a focus on some high-profile recent installations, including Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire and the Portmeirion village that was made famous as the setting for the 1960s television series ‘The prisoner’.

The brochure can be downloaded from the Rehau web site here and is available for mobile or tablet via the Rehau Docs app.

10:00, 6th January 2017

French district heating drive in full swing

The French Minister of the Environment has appealed to municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants to establish heat networks.

Segolene Royal has pointed to the Ademe Heat Fund, which has already supported nearly 700 projects since 2009 while the National Union of District Heating states that it is ready to work on the formalities.

On the road to Arras (Pas-de-Calais) to inaugurate the installation of a biomass boiler connected to a heating network, Ségolène Royal took the opportunity to speak about the work of the Chaleur Fund managed by the French Environmental and Mitigation Agency. (ADEME), which over the last five years has given a boost to the development of renewable energies in the territories.

The minister said that this fund is "one of the operational tools for the implementation of the Energy Transition Law" which will enable the country to reach the growth objectives of the renewable energy share of the energy mix by 2020 (23%) then 2030 (32%). In particular, provision is made for the amount of renewable heat and cooling delivered by urban networks to be multiplied fivefold by that time.

As a means to that end the minister has called for the mobilization of municipalities with more than 10,000 inhabitants who are not yet equipped to plan a heat network.

Read more at Decentralized Energy

10:00, 5th January 2017

District heating innovation from Switch2 shortlisted for European smart home award

Community and district heating specialist Switch2 Energy has once again reached the finals of the European Smart Energy Award for excellence in smart metering.

The company’s UK designed and manufactured Incontro smart energy meter has been nominated for the Smart Home Innovation of the Year Award.

This follows Switch2’s success in the prestigious awards in 2016, when it won European Smart Metering Technology of the Year Award and was a finalist in two more categories.

Kirsty Lambert, Director of Switch2 said: “It’s an honour to reach the final of these European Awards for the second year running. Our Incontro technology is a next generation smart metering and energy prepayment system – developed for the community and district heating sector. Our smart meters are already being used by more than 23,000 homes to help residents monitor and control their energy consumption and pay only for what they use – either on a convenient pay-as-you-go basis or via credit billing.”

Housing providers from both the private and social sectors are using Switch2’s smart metering to manage costs, reduce the risk of debt and achieve carbon reduction targets.

Incontro is a flexible energy system that combines either prepayment or credit billing with energy monitoring and control.

The stylish smart meter serves multiple purposes for residents, who can pay for their energy and budget accurately, while also programming, controlling and monitoring their energy use. They have full visibility of how much energy they are using and can view their carbon footprint via a 7 inch colour touch screen display. This is leading to energy efficiency savings and lower bills.

Switch2 Energy provides continuous remote monitoring and management of all Incontro smart meters from its Yorkshire customer service centre. Its experienced customer support advisers are on hand to provide billing, prepayment and administration services to more than 69,000 homes across 430 community energy and district heating schemes.

The European awards will enter their eighth year in 2017 and recognise outstanding practice in smart technology within the utilities sector. The finals will take place on 2 February 2017 at the Smart Energy UK and Europe Summit in London.

Further information: www.incontro.co.uk