The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has announced that 55 councils are being awarded funding for low-carbon heat networks.
A total of £3m will support 74 low-carbon heat projects as part of the Government’s fund to support low-carbon heat through local networks.
The 55 councils are in the fourth set of successful bidders for funding, and will be offered grants ranging from £16,000 to £263,000 to help set up their projects.
The Heat Networks Delivery Unit within Decc manages the fund, which helps councils draw heat from renewable, sustainable or recoverable sources such as biomass, energy from waste or recovered heat. Heat from local sources is distributed to central locations for heating buildings.
Secretary of state Ed Davey said: “Using wasted heat to warm our buildings is a cost-effective way to cut carbon and slash energy bills.”
It is estimated that around 15% of UK heat demand could be cost-effectively met by heat networks by 2030 with more than 40% by 2050.