If North Yorkshire’s county town is hooked up to a central system, the people will benefit from cheaper and cleaner energy. The councils of North Yorkshire and Hambleton are considering whether Northallerton can be connected to the district heating system so that its hospitals, library, leisure center and council buildings can be served by a local source of heating. After the system has been established, next target is local homes.
Initial technical studies can be undertaken on the feasibility of the heating scheme for the town through a financial grant of £33,500 from Government’s Heat Networks Delivery Unit. District heating system can produce steam and hot or chilled water from the central energy centre. Steam or water can be distributed through an insulated piping network to individual buildings so that they can have heat, hot water and air conditioning. This will eliminate the need for boilers or chillers.
Affordable heating at a third of the cost of conventional heating can be provided by the networks. This plan has advantages that include carbon reduction, local energy resilience and sourcing and more jobs for the local people. Heat networks are being promoted by the government for its de-carbonization strategy.
According to Andrew Lee, county councillor of North Yorkshire, local businesses as well as communities must have access to affordable, efficient and environmentally friendly energy that will meet their requirements and at the same time encourage growth and sustainability. Once the heat network scheme becomes successful, it will be the trailblazer for other schemes.
Hambleton District Councillor Peter Wilkinson said that the district council has already taken important strides to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the district. In fact, there has been a 10% reduction in carbon emissions since 2005. However, the district also has high levels of fuel poverty compared to other parts of the county.
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