District Heating: The New Energy Utility

March 2013:  DECC launched its Heat Strategy at the March 2012 CHPA District Heating conference (see the DECC press release here). The Strategy highlights that up to 50% of buildings could be connected to heat networks by 2050. DECC are due to publish their policies and actions related to the Heat Strategy later this month and hence it’s timely that the CHPA are holding a follow up conference – District Heating: The New Energy Utility – on Friday 22 March 2013, where the keynote speaker will be David Wagstaff, Head of Heat Strategy and Policy at DECC.

Other sessions on the day will also include updates on the following issues:

  • The CHPA’s ‘Big Offer’, presented to DECC in November 2012, which lists out a series of measures that Government could take to boost the number and size of district heating schemes.
  • Finance is a key issue for district heating and there will be a session on how sources could expand with the industry in future.
  • On how Scotland is backing district heating through several government initiatives working to develop projects.
  • Information on an emerging  customer protection scheme for domestic customers on district heating.

The conference will take place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Savoy Place, London WC2. Places are free to attend but limited, so if you wish to attend please  book early by emailing brian.mcguire@chpa.co.uk

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