Grant For Merton 'District Heating' Project

Scheme will investigate a heat network for Morden

Merton is to receive £20,000 in special Government funding to find new ways of providing residents with cheap, low-carbon heat and reduce their energy bills.

It is one of 26 local authorities across England and Wales awarded more than £1.9 million to support the development of heat network projects, designed to provide more efficient heat to buildings and potentially lower heating bills, through the Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit.

These projects represent the first wave of successful bidders to be announced under the Government’s drive to promote the development of heat networks, also known as district heating.

Merton Council's award is £20,000 for to investigate a scheme to establish a heat network to supply houses and shops in and around Morden town centre.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said: "In urban areas, people are often used to sharing their walls and their roofs with their neighbours – and it can make good sense for them to share the way their homes are heated.

"This cash boost and support for local authorities will help supply low carbon heat to a whole range of buildings such as multi-story apartments, office buildings and social housing – not only providing more efficient heat to buildings, but potentially bringing heating bills down too."

Local Lib-Dem Councillor Iain Dysart said: "Merton's Lib Dem group wants to build a cleaner environment in our borough, so this new Government funding to investigate cheaper and greener heating in shops, offices and houses is very welcome.

"This is the coldest time of the year and people deserve some good news about cutting their energy bills."

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February 3, 2014