E.ON to provide low carbon energy for Monkerton development

By AndrewBarrow

E.ON, the energy supplier behind the
Cranbrook and Skypark developments, has been chosen as the district heating
provider for the new Monkerton residential and commercial development on the
outskirts of Exeter, it was announced today.

As part of landmark agreement with Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, and
Exeter City Council, as well as property developers Persimmon Homes, Barratt
Homes, Linden Homes, Bloor Homes and landowners Eagle One and Pater Salter, E.ON
will develop a £30 million, 10
,000 sq ft Energy Centre and district heating network which will provide
a sustainable and cost-effective source of heat and hot water to homes and
businesses across this major new development designed to serve the growing
population of the greater Exeter area.

About 2,800 homes to the west of the M5 will be served
through the first phase of residential development alongside Exeter Science
Park to the east of the M5 – plus other community facilities and commercial
developments. This high efficiency energy solution could provide an estimated
7,000 tonnes of CO2 savings per year, the equivalent of removing more than 2,400
cars from the road1.

Jeremy Bungey,
Head of Community Energy at E.ON
, said: “This agreement with our local authority and developer partners is a vote of confidence not only in district heating
as an

efficient and cost-effective method of better serving our customers and
lowering carbon emissions at home and at work, but also in the success we’ve
delivered at our Cranbrook and Skypark developments.

“Work on the new Community
Energy Centre serving Monkerton is more proof of E.ON’s continuing investment
in cleaner energy sources across the UK. Not only will it provide local homes
and businesses with a sustainable source of heating and hot water but will also
continue to support Exeter and East Devon’s vision of becoming one of the UK’s
leaders in decentralised energy.”

The agreement has been made possible by the tireless
work of the Exeter and East Devon
Low Carbon Task Force (LCTF), which has driven the process, working with
partners to reach this historic milestone. John
Rigby, chair of LCTF
said: “Today’s
announcement is absolute proof of the success that can be seen in bringing
together councils, developers and energy companies to the benefit of all our
futures. This is yet another multi-million pound investment into the green economy
in the Exeter and East Devon area.”

Diviani, the Leader of East Devon District Council
, added: “I am
delighted that this second network has been secured. The fact that it
will serve new development in both Exeter and East Devon exemplifies the
partnership working in the area. Alongside the new homes it is particularly
fitting that it will serve the Exeter Science Park which will become the home
of a new environmental futures cluster, further demonstrating our credentials
in terms of pioneering low carbon development.

Pete Edwards, Leader of Exeter City Council,
said: “This
is an important step in delivering on our ambition to position Exeter at the
forefront of decarbonising the economy with decentralised heating and energy
networks. We want to thank all partners who have come together in this
endeavour to achieve this district heating solution. We are leading by example
and others are now taking note of what is being achieved at the greater Exeter

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council
Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth,
said: “We know that our work to move towards
a low carbon economy offers the potential to drive significant business
investment and we want to ensure that Devon, and the wider South West, remains
at the forefront of this growth in the sector. This announcement sends out a
clear signal that Devon is serious about finding innovative solutions to make
this a reality.”

Simon Perks, Managing Director South West at Persimmon
Homes and lead for the developers
the deal, adding: “We have been very pleased with the success of our sales at
Cranbrook which have pioneered district heating and we are enthusiastic about
rolling these facilities out to our site at Monkerton which is now getting
under way. We will be able to deliver excellent quality homes with
sustainability built in.”

The Energy Centre, to be located within the Monkerton
development next to the M5 motorway, will house a
3 megawatt combined heat and power engine as well as a
500kw biomass boiler
which will
provide heat and hot water 24 hours a day.
It will also provide low carbon electricity to the nearby Exeter Science
Park with any surplus electricity being fed back into the national grid.

Allied with the neighbouring Cranbrook and Skypark
developments – also powered by an E.ON district heating scheme – East Devon
will be one of the largest low carbon communities in the UK to deliver Combined
Heat and Power (CHP) to all residents of these developments.


Notes to editors

1 Figure based on carbon
emissions of an
average petrol car travelling 9,000 miles per year,
emitting 2.89 tonnes of CO2

For more information contact:

Andrew Barrow on 02476 183677 or andrew.barrow@eon-uk.com

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