District Heating Schemes: the cheaper, greener alternative

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With heating and power costs placing an ever increasing burden on business budgets, organisations throughout the public, private and third sector are invited to find out how wood-fuelled District Heating schemes could save them money – and generate income.

District Heating schemes make use of renewable energy sources and low-carbon technologies to supply heat via hot water to a number of buildings through a pre-insulated network of underground pipes. This means that they benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which provides a guaranteed, index-linked payment for 20 years for the production of renewable heat.

A free workshop is being staged at The Royal Hotel, Bridge of Allan, next month (11 March) by Forestry Commission Scotland’s Regional Woodfuel Forum, in association with REHAU Ltd.

Virginia Harden Scott, who is organising the event, said:

“Wood-fuelled district heating schemes are growing in popularity across Scotland, whether it’s  for a handful of buildings on farm steadings or for hundreds of homes in urban areas. A great example is the Wick district heating development, which - fuelled with wood chips from a local wood supply - delivers heating to around 200 homes in addition to a nearby public performance venue, and provides steam to Old Pulteney distillery. There are also plans for future expansion of the scheme.

“This approach to heating is an effective way of making the most of our heat resources and can result in dramatic energy efficiency improvements. Our event will outline how, with careful planning and management, organisations can benefit from wood-fuelled district heating – by reducing  heat spend and generating income under the RHI, enhancing business sustainability, reducing CO2 emissions and boosting green credentials. 

“It’s  a very flexible technology that can be applied to almost any situation. Its ideal for housing associations, social housing landlords, farms and estates, public and third sector bodies, educational establishments and other community and commercial organisations. It’s also an ideal system for landlords looking to deliver affordable warmth to tenants in off-gas grid areas, helping to alleviate local fuel poverty.

“There is ample opportunity for more of these systems to be developed elsewhere throughout the country and our workshop will be a valuable opportunity to hear from industry experts on the best ways to plan, design, install, finance and manage woodfuelled district heating systems.”

The workshop will run from 10.00 until 15.10 and will include an opportunity to visit a District Heating scheme managed by Link Housing.

Places at the workshop are limited so to book your place, call Virginia Harden Scott on 07919 263 190 or email virginia.harden@ruraldevelopment.org.uk

For more information visit the ‘EVENTS’ section at www.usewoodfuel.co.uk

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland

2.  For news, events and recreation information log on to
www.facebook.com/enjoyscotlandsforests For Twitter: www.twitter.com/fcscotland

3. The usewoodfuelscotland website and the Scottish regional Woodfuel Forums provide support to the Scottish Woodfuel industry. Forestry Commission Scotland and Rural Development Initiatives are working together with other partner organisations to deliver the Woodfuel Forums.

4. For more information and advice on woodfuel and biomass as a business opportunity or as an alternative source of energy, visit www.usewoodfuel.co.uk

5. The RHI is targeted at industrial, commercial and public sector. It aims to increase the number of renewable heating installations in these sectors by 7 times by 2020. It is worth £860m (UK wide) and is expected to increase green capital investment by £4.5 billion up to 2020, stimulating a new market in renewable heat.


e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk