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District Heating Workshop

District Heating Workshop

12 March 2014 - 12 March 2014, Bridge of Allan

Faced with rising energy costs, organisations are increasingly looking for ways to reduce their heating bills.  Designed to promote the production of heat from low-carbon technologies, using renewable energy sources rather than fossil fuels, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides a guaranteed, index-linked payment for 20 years for the production of renewable heat.

Heating (and cooling) makes up around 50% of overall energy demand in Scotland, district heating (the supply of heat by hot water to a number of buildings through a pre-insulated network of underground pipes) is an effective way of making the most of our heat resources and can result in dramatic energy efficiency improvements.  District heating systems present significant opportunities for organisations to reduce their heat spend and generate income under the RHI, thereby enhancing business sustainability as well as boosting green credentials and reducing CO2 emissions.  They also present valuable opportunities for landlords to deliver affordable warmth to tenants in off-gas grid areas, helping to alleviate local fuel poverty.

District heating is growing in popularity across the UK.  Scotland now has a significant number of wood-fuelled district heating schemes, varying in size from a handful of buildings on farm steadings to thousands of homes in urban areas, such as Aberdeen.  There is ample opportunity for similar systems to be developed elsewhere throughout the country.

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