An ambitious project to provide low carbon heating in the form of hot water to homes across the Lee Valley in north London was launched by Enfield Council and the Mayor of London at City Hall on Monday 21 July.
The ‘Lee Valley Heat Network’ aims to create an energy solution for the Lee Valley through a system of pipes that moves heat in the form of hot water from where it is created, to where it is needed, in a similar way to an electricity network.
The first phase of this city-scale scheme will focus on Enfield Council’s flagship £1.5 billion Meridian Water development.
North London Waste Authority’s Energy-from-Waste facility at the nearby Edmonton EcoPark has the capacity to supply low carbon heat to 5,000 new homes at Meridian Water and businesses in the Lee Valley. A further 1,800 homes on the Ladderswood, Alma and New Avenue estates could also benefit.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr Alan Sitkin, said: “This is a hugely ambitious scheme which could provide heating to over 6,000 homes and businesses across the Lee Valley in its first phase.
“For the first time, we will be providing our communities with low carbon energy from local heat sources, while creating hundreds of jobs in the process. This will revolutionise the way we heat our homes and provide energy to business.
“We are also setting ourselves up as an ‘ethical operator’ in what is currently an unregulated heat market, helping protect local consumers by ensuring a fair price for their heat. We plan to work with other authorities to roll out this exciting model across the capital in years to come.”
Cllr. Clyde Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), said ”Providing heat for a network is technically feasible and we are working with the London Borough of Enfield to develop the commercial positions needed. We’re also discussing the design of the plant, pipework and buildings necessary to deliver the Heat Network project.”
Matthew Pencharz, the Mayor of London’s Energy and Environment Advisor, said: “These important energy plans are part of major regeneration work set to transform the Lee Valley area.
“We need to do everything possible to create a more secure, cost-effective and sustainable heat and power supply across London. We know that supporting schemes like this using locally sourced energy can reduce bills, increase our energy security, lower carbon emissions and create jobs.
“The Mayor will continue to work closely with Enfield to push forward the infrastructure needed to regenerate the Lee Valley.”
The Lee Valley Heat Network will reduce the carbon footprint of homes heated by the network by an estimated 50 per cent compared with conventional fuels.
The heat network complements Enfield Council’s work to bring enhanced transport infrastructure to the area too, with improved rail and cycling facilities to the borough.
Network Rail and The Greater London Authority have identified £80 million to deliver three-tracking of the railway which runs throughout the Lee Valley, which will enable a four trains per hour train service at Angel Road Station (soon to be renamed Meridian Water Station) from 2017, along with improvements to the station itself.
Enfield Council has also successfully bid for £30 million of funding from the Mayor of London Office to significantly improve cycling facilities in the borough.