CityWest Homes offers local solution to global challenge

CityWest Homes’ technical adviser recently featured on ITV news highlighting the benefits of using combined heat and power networks following the announcement by Greater London Authority (GLA) to apply for an energy supplier licence.

The broadcast on 14 March took place at the Pimlico District Heating Undertaking (PDHU), which is owned by Westminster City Council and managed by CityWest Homes.

The licence is a first of its kind for a local authority and will enable the GLA to buy excess electricity produced by London's boroughs and public bodies before selling it on, at cost price, to other public sector organisations, such as Transport for London, the Met Police and NHS hospitals.

The GLA says increasing revenues for smaller generators will improve the viability of local energy projects in London and spark an investment boom in the capital's low carbon energy infrastructure.

In the short term, it could help bring in more than £300 million worth of investment for 22 heat and power projects already in the pipeline. In the longer term, it could help generate over £8 billion of investment and around 850 jobs a year until 2025.

Located at Churchill Gardens estate, the PDHU is the UK’s first combined heat and power network and provides heating and hot water services to 3,256 homes, 50 commercial premises and three schools in the area.

David’s interview can be viewed here.


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