City’s low carbon advances recognised by MP visit to district heating network

Newcastle Central MP and Shadow Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation Minister Chi Onwurah visited Scotswood’s district heating network to find out more about how new homes can have efficient energy built into their foundations and help to deliver on the UK’s low carbon agenda.

Her visit to E.ON’s district heating scheme included a tour of a sustainable show home and the energy centre built and operated by E.ON. The energy centre’s high efficiency gas boilers provide hot water via super-insulated pipes to the more than 300 homes already built under the first phase of the area’s redevelopment.

The energy centre’s capacity will increase over the coming years, eventually supplying heat to an anticipated 1,800 properties. As the community grows and demand for heating and hot water increases, E.ON plans to install a high efficiency combined heat and power unit which will generate electricity and hot water from a single fuel source.

Chi Onwurah MP said: “Climate change is a threat but also an opportunity to lead the way in green-tech industries. District heating schemes like E.ON’s can be much more efficient and cost effective for residents. Labour’s ambition is to build one million new homes and decarbonise our energy production by 60% by 2030. These kinds of schemes will help achieve that.”

Aidan Tobin, E.ON project manager at Scotswood, said: “The future of energy is low carbon and local. We believe developments of this nature connected to local heat networks will play a key role in increasing energy efficiency and decarbonising heat in the UK.

“Chi Onwurah’s visit was a chance for us to demonstrate some of the innovative technologies which we think will come to play a crucial role in enabling long term decarbonisation of heat, and how these can slot into larger projects being carried out to rejuvenate whole neighbourhoods.”

The energy centre within E.ON’s Scotswood district heat network currently comprises two 2.3 MWth gas boilers with one 45,000 litre thermal store. The first phase of the network has 16,000 meters of piping and is connected to 353 properties.

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Note to editors: Photo shows Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah on a visit to the Scotswood district heating scheme with E.ON’s Project Manager Aidan Tobin (L) and Scheme Manager Kirk Wade (R).

For more information contact:

Jane Branscombe, 07921 491159, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com
Victoria Blake, 07738 143903, victoria.blake@eonenergy.com