The Heating Swaffham Prior project has received a £2.146 million grant to help provide sustainable heating to homes in Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire County Council is working with the Swaffham Prior Community Land Trust to develop the project, which will help to transition the 300 strong village of Swaffham in East Cambridgeshire to clean heating. The grant has been received from the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP), which itself is supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and will help drive forwards the project that has been under development since 2017. It will include 130 200m deep boreholes being drilled into the ground to extract heat to form a heat network. This will be supplemented by a large air source heat pump, which will be powered by solar panels at the energy centre. Joshua Schumann, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Environment and Sustainability Committee, welcomed the grant saying it was a “fantastic project” and the first of its kind.
Current 24th July 2020 read more »
Green energy supplier Good Energy has today announced plans to launch a new flexible tariff for homes that use heat pumps in the autumn, in a move designed to help customers capitalise on the government’s recently-announced £2bn Green Home Grant scheme to support energy efficiency improvements. Announced by the Chancellor earlier this month as part of a £3bn package of promised green building funding and support, the Green Home Grant scheme is set to allow homeowners to claim up to £10,000 to help upgrade their homes to become more energy efficient, with cost having long been seen as a major barrier to installing energy efficiency upgrades and technologies such as heat pumps. Good Energy said its new “competitive” tariff, which will be powered by renewable electricity, would help homeowners drive down costs of operating heat pumps, offering cheaper energy rates at specific times of the day to allow them to use their heat pumps cost-effectively.
Business Green 27th July 2020 read more »
Britain will fail to hit its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 if it relies on a steady transformation of its industrial and consumer economy, according to National Grid. In its Future Energy Scenarios report, the Grid says that three of the four road maps to achieving the goal could work — but only if immediate action is taken. With the caveat that the report has not taken account of the pandemic, it says the target will be missed if ministers focus only on decarbonising the energy and transport sectors and neglect efforts to change consumer behaviour and the way homes are heated. National Grid says that along with more offshore wind farms and carbon-capture schemes, there will need to be more than 11 million electric vehicles on British roads by 2030 and more than 30 million by 2040. It also says that natural gas boilers in homes must be abolished and replaced with heat pumps, with as many eight million homes actively managing their heating demands by storing heat.
Times 27th July 2020 read more »
Immediate action is required for Britain to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, according to a report by the country’s electricity system operator. Three out of four scenarios modelled by the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) show the country reaching the target by 2050 or earlier. But the Future Energy Scenarios (FES) report found doing so requires immediate action across all key technologies and policy areas, with fundamental changes for consumers, particularly in transport, heating and energy efficiency.
Energy Voice 27th July 2020 read more »
Carbon emissions from Britain’s electricity system could turn negative by as early as 2033 if the UK uses carbon capture technology alongside more renewable energy to reach its climate targets, according to a report from National Grid. The electricity network operator on Monday set out its vision for an “emissions negative” grid that would include 30m electric vehicles on UK roads, and 8m heat pumps used to replace gas boilers in energy-efficient homes. In National Grid’s most progressive vision for Britain’s pathway towards its 2050 climate targets it claims that net carbon emissions from the electricity sector could turn negative within 13 years by using carbon capture technology alongside bioenergy sources.
Guardian 27th July 2020 read more »