A newly announced partnership between a Scottish council and a European energy giant is to work to bring low-carbon district heating to the east of Scotland. Midlothian Council is partnering with Swedish state-owned energy firm Vattenfall to establish an innovative new Energy Services Company (ESCo), the bodies announced yesterday. The 50/50 joint venture is intended to deliver a range of innovative energy projects across the south-east Scottish region. The first of these projects will see Vattenfall install a district heating network at the Shawfair development just south-east of Edinburgh. The low temperature system, which is expected to be operational in 2021, will generate a carbon emissions saving of 75 per cent compared to conventional gas boiler heating, the firm said. Costing £20m, the project is supported with £7.3m from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transformation Project, which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The heat feeding the network will be sourced from waste heat supplied by FCC Environment, which operates Edinburgh and Midlothian Councils’ waste and recycling plant near Milehall. Energy generated in the facility will be fed through a network of pipes to homes in the Shawfair development, a £200m project to build 4,000 new homes, businesses, and retail outlets around a town centre and railway station on the outskirts of the Scottish capital.
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