The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has today launched a new task force on district heating. The task force will examine how the industry and government can work together to deliver a market framework in which heat networks can compete for investment without the need for subsidies. It will also look at how to build on an existing customer protection scheme for consumers using heat networks, Heat Trust, especially regarding important issues such as heat pricing, contract length and contract structure, areas which Heat Trust is not permitted by law to address. In addition, the task force will also consider how to expand the number of district heat networks at the local government level. It will examine possible barriers relating to planning rules, access rights and wayleaves, and business rate treatment. According to analysis by the Committee on Climate Change, heat networks could meet up to 18 per cent of UK heating demand by 2030, up from 2 per cent today.
Utility Week 13th March 2017 read more »