Glenrothes Heat is a new project in partnership between Fife Council, RWE Markinch and the Scottish Government
Work on Glenrothes Heat, a project to develop a potential new district heating network in Glenrothes using heat from the RWE Markinch Biomass CHP plant, is now underway.
The project is a partnership between Fife Council, RWE Markinch Limited and the Scottish Government. The initial phase of the work – to develop a technical and business case for the heat network – is being led by WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the partnership and will continue until November 2016.
As part of the initial phase, the heating requirements of public buildings as well as commercial, industrial and domestic premises in the area around Glenrothes town centre will be investigated.
Engagement will take place with a range of local businesses and households to determine their heat requirements and existing heating systems in order to establish the level of investment required to connect to the new district heating scheme. This work will be largely telephone and desk-based research.
Ian Calvert, RWE’s head of Biomass, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for RWE working in partnership with Fife Council to support a project that could have a significant economic and environmental impact on our local community, and which also supports Scottish Government’s climate change targets and transition to a low carbon economy in Scotland especially in providing renewable heat.”
Cllr John Wincott, Fife Council sustainability champion, said: “District heating has the potential to reduce both fuel poverty and carbon emissions.
“By using a central heat plant, the costs can be reduced and efficiencies of scale generated that could benefit both commercial and domestic users.
“In Glenrothes we have an exciting potential opportunity to use the heat produced by the RWE Biomass CHP plant to provide district heating to businesses and homes in the area.
“At the moment this project is in the early phase of work and I await the outcome with interest.”
Funding for project development activity has been secured from Scotland’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP), which is supported by European Regional Development Funding to help with the development of low carbon projects across Scotland.
District Heating is a key component of Scottish Government’s approach to meet Scotland’s climate change targets and secure the transition to a low carbon economy in Scotland.