The heat is on

By James Renoux-Wood - Tue 19 August 2014, 9:39 am

An initiative to provide low carbon heating to homes and businesses across Enfield’s Lee Valley has begun.

Councillor Rob Leak, chief executive at Enfield Council, at the Lee Valley Heat Network launch

The council and the London mayor, Boris Johnson, launched the Lee Valley Heat Network scheme at City Hall on 21 July. The project proposes a “system of pipes that move 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 the project will be rolled out across the borough’s £1.5 billion Meridian Water development, supplied by the ‘energy-from-waste’ facility at Edmonton EcoPark. Other housing schemes in Enfield could also benefit, including Ladderswood, Alma and New Avenue estates.

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for economic development, Councillor Alan Sitkin, said: “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.”

The council claims 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.