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Councils awarded extra cash for heating projects

Coventry, Nottingham and Leeds city councils have been told they will each receive a share of £4.8 million in funding for decentralised community heating schemes.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) last week confirmed the recipients of the Communities and Local Government funding for schemes created through the HCA’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Fund (LCIF).

A joint initiative between CLG and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), LCIF
enables new and existing homes to be connected to low carbon community heating networks that use more environmentally friendly sources of energy than traditional methods to provide heat and power to homes, shops and businesses.

Coventry City Council is set to receive £2.3m to provide heating to new developments within the city using waste energy from a nearby waste disposal company.

Parts of the Friargate regeneration area, new campus buildings for Coventry University, council buildings and new homes in the new Swanswell development to the north of the city centre will benefit from this district heating scheme.

In Nottingham, £1.8m will be used to extend a district heating scheme created in Southside
Regeneration Area to help alleviate fuel poverty for more than 3,500 households in the city.

Leeds City Council will use £700,000 to enable the purchase and installation of a Combined Heat and Power plant to the Yarn Street, Aire Valley Development of 221 homes.

This is in addition to £1m awarded through LCIF last year to provide a new district heating
network supplying CHP energy from waste plant and micro-technologies that will power around 280 new homes in the area.

Steve Carr, head of new business and economics at the HCA, said: “The Low Carbon InfrastructureFund Programme is bringing the benefits of decentralised energy generation to local communities. By extending these existing LCIF projects we can help these local
authorities and their partners to provide more efficient, cleaner and cheaper energy to local people.”

Schemes selected to receive funding are required to meet criteria including: provision to protect the fuel poor; fuel diversity, including use of renewables or extending efficiency of fossil fuels; readiness; and commitment of funding or assets from other project partners.