Following an event in March last year DECC have published some support that is available to communities looking at Renewable heating projects.
Publication of Community Heat Network Toolkit
The main purpose was to seek input from smaller Local Authorities and community groups to shape a Community Heat Toolkit – an action point in DECC’s Community Energy Strategy’s Heat Chapter. As a result, it was decided that to address all the feedback there should be two publications. This work to produce these was taken forward by Regen/SW, funded by DECC. See links:
- Introduction to Community Heat
- Community Heat Network Toolkit
£320m Heat Network Infrastructure Project (HNIP)
The Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) is seeking engagement with stakeholders. Last November, as part of the Spending Review, the Government announced that £320m of capital funding had been allocated for the construction of heating and/or cooling systems in England and Wales over this Parliament.
DECC has initiated a new project, the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) to design this investment support. By providing a contribution to capital costs, this support hopes to bring forward £2bn of private and local match investment. The capital seeks not only to increase the volume of heat networks built but also to support the types of networks that:
- have explored a suitable range of technical options and are efficient heating and cooling systems that are technically future proofed
- are commercially future-proofed.
- will operate with no customer detriment.
DECC will shortly be undertaking a consultation to get detailed input to the scope and shape of the investment support funding. Key questions are:
- It has been confirmed that Local Authorities will be eligible. Who else should be eligible to apply for HNIP support?
- What commercial structures should HNIP support?
- What kinds of heat networks should HNIP support?
- Which funding mechanisms should HNIP offer?
- How should HNIP run the funding rounds?
- What decision-making criteria should be used to assess capital applications?
If you have further questions about HNIP, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org and include your phone details.
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