A new £6 million grand funding programme has been launched to help local authorities in England and Wales develop new heat and cooling networks and expand existing ones.
To win a share of the funding, local authorities must put forward ambitious and innovative proposals to develop and deliver heat networks that as much as possible draw heat from renewable, sustainable or recoverable sources.
This includes waste heat from industry, energy from waste plants and biomass combined heat and power.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Increasing the use of low carbon heating in our buildings is helping to reduce our dependency on costly imported oil and gas.
“Thanks to the coalition Government’s support, many UK buildings have already made the switch from traditional fuels to low carbon heat sources. This new grant funding programme builds on these successes by helping local authorities develop more commercially viable low carbon heat networks.”
The bidding process has now opened and will continue for 18 months through six bidding rounds.