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Council receives funding to extend efficient energy network in Walthamstow

Waltham Forest Council has made a successful bid for a grant of around £1million from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which will allow it to extend its low-carbon decentralised heat network on Marlowe Road and Wood Street South in Walthamstow.

The current regeneration of the Marlowe Road estate in Walthamstow gives the Council the opportunity to extend its decentralised energy network in the area, and develop a wider network beyond the estate which supports the Council’s and the Greater London Authority’s aspirations for the development of new networks and infrastructure.

The Mayor of London has set a planning policy target for 25 per cent of London’s heating to be provided locally from lower carbon sources by 2025, through decentralised heating networks. These are a more efficient method of providing heating, with reduced carbon and air quality emissions.

Waltham Forest Council’s application is one of nine applications which have been successful in their bid for funding from the pilot phase of the BEIS Heat Network Investment Project (HNIP). This is a capital investment programme which is expected to support up to 200 projects by 2021.

Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which will allow us to extend our decentralised heating network in Walthamstow. This will help us to meet the Mayor of London’s targets for providing heating from lower carbon sources, as well as our own aspirations for providing, new low emission energy networks for the borough.”

Climate Change and Industry Minister, Nick Hurd said: “This Government is committed to ensuring a clean, secure and affordable energy supply for communities and businesses across the country. Energy innovations like heat networks can cut costs for households and reduce carbon emissions, as almost half of the energy we use goes towards heating our homes and buildings. The £1million in Government funding awarded to this project will help deliver low carbon energy at competitive prices for local consumers in Waltham Forest.”

The extended network will be developed as part of the ongoing regeneration and redevelopment of the Marlowe Road estate. The expanded network will be run from a new Energy Centre built on the estate. The Energy Centre and first phase of homes will be completed in 2018/19.

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