On July 5th, the Greater London Authority held a Programme Close event for the Decentralised Energy Project Delivery Unit (DEPDU). Read this article for further details.
Set up with EUR3.3m in funding, 90% of which was secured from the European Union's ELENA facility managed by the European Investment Bank, the Mayor of London's Decentralised Energy for London programme has provided London Boroughs and other project beneficiaries with technical, financial and commercial assistance to develop and bring Decentralised Energy (DE) projects to market.
Over the past four years, DEPDU has provided support to London Boroughs and others in delivering more than £60m investment in low to zero carbon DE schemes, many of which incorporate heat networks, with a final investment realised as a direct result of DEPDU expected to exceed £100m.
Ahead of formal completion of the EIB agreement July 31st, the close-out event reviewed the programme's aims, successes, influences, lessons learned and the next steps for the provision of DE within London. Hosted by Arup, presentations were given by DEPDU leaders, recipients of support from the programme and those whose work on similar schemes has benefited from or been influenced by London's example. Copies of these presentations can be viewed via the following links:
Arup have produced a Carbon Calculator Tool to assist projects in early-stage estimation of the CO2 savings which could be realised by a district heating scheme with different sources of heat supply.
The calculator's estimates include the impact of a decarbonising electrical grid over time, based on projections by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, as well as the Government's Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP).
Progress on support for renewable heat hots up today with the publication of three consultations on the Coalition’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme (RHI). The RHI, the first of its kind in the world, was launched for the non domestic sector in November last year, with a scheme for householders intended to open in Summer 2013.
The consultation on proposals for a domestic scheme sets out our proposals for longer term support to householders who install renewable heating kit such as biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal into homes. The RHI for householders is aimed at any householder looking to replace their current heating with renewable heating kit or householders who have installed any such technology since 15 July 2009. It is intended that householders will get paid for each kWh of heat they would be expected produce under the current proposals.
'Powering ahead - delivering low carbon energy for London' was published on 15th October 2009.
The Mayor's draft replacement London Plan was published on 12 October 2009