Heat networks in green energy move

Government funding of £19m has been announced to help expand the UK’s heat networks, with five new networks in Bristol, Liverpool, London and Worthing, providing low-carbon heating solutions.

Heat networks supply heat from a central source, such as large rivers, to a network of underground pipes and allowing several buildings to share heating and have been recommended by the Climate Change Committee as an effective way to decarbonise heating.

The additional £19m funding is a part of the Government’s £320m Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP), which supports the development of heat networks across England and Wales. Ofgem has been appointed as the heat networks at the same time, as heat networks begin to gain traction in the country. The regulator will look at pricing, service levels and provide some investor confidence as private money is sought to further expand the concept.

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