The Heat Network Partnership has many resources available for technology, planning, finance, procurement and leadership. Below is a list of resources, simply click on the resource name and download the PDF from the available list.
- CHP Spreadsheet Calculator
Combined Heat and Power calculator spreadsheet
- The Heat Revolution
The pathways for the decarbonisation of heat and power are considered together from the energy user’s perspective. (CHPA, Combined Heat and Power Association)
- ECO – guidance for suppliers
Ofgem guidance on the Energy Companies Obligation
- ECO- Non-domestic contacts, guidance and resources
Ofgem guidance on the Energy Companies Obligation
- ECO –FAQ’s for domestic customers
Ofgem guidance on the Energy Companies Obligation
- Scottish Futures Trust - District Heating - VAT Report (Final)
A report summarising relevant VAT considerations and potential VAT efficient structures for a variety of Scottish public sector bodies that could participate in district heating schemes as suppliers and/or purchasers of heat and/or power. The report was prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP on behalf of Scottish Futures Trust.
Support for new schemes
- District Heating Loans Fund
The Scottish Government’s district heating loan fund provides loans for both low carbon and renewable technologies to help organisations implement district heating projects to benefit local communities.
- Heat Networks Demonstration Small Business Research Initative (SBRI)
The UK government's recently announced competition aimed at helping to address cost and performance efficiency challenges related to heat networks. The competition will be managed in two phases. The first phase will support feasibility studies with an expected value between £20,000 and £50,000 and the second phase will support trials and demonstration activities with an expected value between £100,000 and £1m per project. A total of £6m is to be made available through the competition which is being run through the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). Qualifying technologies might include: water source heat pumps, or novel ground source heat pumps; technologies for recovering waste heat from industry; Novel large-scale thermal storage; control systems that deliver greater system cost-effectiveness; or innovative technologies that can be applied to cooling networks. All applications must be received by DECC both electronically and in hard copy by 12 noon on the 28th November 2014.
- Energy Entrepreneurs Fund Scheme
DECC launched the 1st phase of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund scheme on 23 August 2012. This is a competitive funding scheme to support the development and demonstration of innovative, new technologies, products and processes in the areas of: Energy efficiency and building technologies Power generation and storage
- Enhanced Capital Allowance
Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) enable a business to claim 100% first-year capital allowances on their spending on qualifying plant and machinery.
- Feed-in tariffsvA mechanism to support small scale generators of renewable electricity, up to 5 MWe to complement the Renewables Obligation for large scale generators. Applies to AD but not currently solid biomass.
- District Heating Loans Fund
- Renewable Heat Incentive
Government environmental programme that provides financial incentives to increase the uptake of renewable heat.
Schemes to provide advice, consultancy and other support
- Energy Saving Trust
Information and advice though local Advice Centres
- Community Energy Scotland
Community Energy Scotland supports communities throughout Scotland to develop sustainable energy projects by providing practical help on green energy development and energy conservation.
- Resource Efficient Scotland
This programme is delivered by Zero Waste Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and is designed to help the public and private sectors reduce costs by implementing resource efficiencies in energy, water, raw materials and waste management.
- Local Energy Scotland
A free online toolkit is available to guide you through the process of developing a renewable energy project, including modules focused on heat technologies and RHI, and a detailed finance model tool. Local Energy Scotland also provides an advice service through a regional development officer network.
- Home Energy Scotland
Offers clear and impartial advice on making homes cheaper to heat.
Applied Research, Development and Technology Transfer
- Horizon 2020
The largest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
Schemes to support large scale heat and electricity generation
- EU Emissions Trading System
The EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) puts a cap on the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by business and creates a market and price for carbon allowances.
- Climate Change Levy
CCL is a tax on the use of energy in industry, commerce and the public sector. Electricity generated from new renewable energy and good quality CHP schemes are exempt.
- Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme
The Carbon Reduction is a mandatory carbon emissions trading scheme for all organizations using more than 6,000 MWh per year of electricity
- Renewables Obligation
This Ofgem administered scheme is the main support mechanism for renewable electricity projects in the UK.
Scottish Policy and Legislation
- Towards Decarbonising Heat: Maximising the Opportunities for Scotland
Draft Heat Generation Policy Statement for Consultation (March 2014) *Consultation closes 9th June 2014*
- Low Carbon Scotland - Meeting Our Emissions Reductions Targets 2013-2027
The Second Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP2) (June 2013)
- District Heating Action Plan
Response to the Expert Commission on District Heating (May 2013)
- Expert Commission on District Heating
Recommendations to the Scottish Government (November 2012)
- Energy Efficiency Action Plan
Formal Reviews and Annual Report (May 2013)
- 2020 Routemap for Renewable Energy in Scotland
Update 2013 (December 2013)
- Renewable Heat Action Plan
Update 2011 (December 2011)
UK Policy and Legislation
- The Future of Heating
A Strategic Framework for Low Carbon Heat (March 2013)
- Heat Recovery - Sector Opportunities from Sustainable Growth in Scotland
Renewable Heat in Scotland 2012 (June 2013)
- District Heating - Public Sector Analysis
Scottish Heat Map Public Sector Analysis
- Community Energy Planning: Development & Delivery
More and more private and public developers, local authorities, landowners, building operators and communities are becoming 'project developers'. This guide aims to support them in this role (2010).
- Building A Roadmap For Heat
Athough this report was commissioned by the Combined Heat and Power Association, it is an independent piece of academic work by a team of 7 scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Surrey. The report considers a range of scenarios relating to energy supply in 2050 including: an all-electric future; the role of high and low-grade heat in the energy mix; and an 'integrated' scenario, which delivers a more diverse delivery of heat (2010).
- SEPA Interim Position On Land Use Planning
This document is an interim statement of SEPA's role and policy position on energy and climate change relative to land use planning (October 2009).
- Community Energy Urban Planning for A Low Carbon Future
This guide provides a practical vision of how our towns and cities can plan for the development of community-scale energy. Local Government has a key role to play in coordinating action, making full use of planning powers and acting as pioneers and champions for the development of decentralised energy networks (2008).
Advice and guidance
- Planning and heat
Online planning advice on heat.
Scotland Heat Map
- Scotland Heat Map Manual
This manual is part of a suite of user guides for the Scotland heat map. These can be downloaded from www.scotland.gov.uk/heatmap/
Development of heat networks in London
- Powering Ahead: Delivering Low Carbon Energy for London
The London Development Authority is working alongside boroughs to develop the tools and expertise needed to identify and de-risk schemes. It has also has created a dedicated Decentralised Energy team that has been instrumental in identifying areas where decentralised energy makes the most commercial sense (October 2009).
- DH Manual for London
The DH Manual for London is a practical, accessible and consistent guidance document. Its use is recommended for all projects supported by the Mayor's Decentralised Energy for London programme and is commended to the DE industry as a whole (February 2013).
Scotland Heat Map: Links
- Scotland Heat Map Training for Local Authorities
Presentations from Heat Network Partnership workshop events (April 2014).
Scottish planning policy
- Scotland's Third National Planning Framework (NPF3)
Proposed Framework (January 2014).
- Scottish Planning Policy
Statement of the Scottish Government's policy on nationally important land use planning matters (February 2010).
- DH Legal Powers report - v2 (Nov 14)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 1 (local authorities)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 2 (universities)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 3 (colleges)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 4 (NHS Boards)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 5 (Central government)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 6 (RSLs)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 7 (Scottish Water)
- DH legal guidance - Appendix 8 (Procurement)
The following report offers guidance, from a public sector perspective, on "Energy Services Companies", often known as ESCOs.
SFT ESCO report ( v1 - 16 March 2015)
- Heat recovery opportunities in Scotland
A Scottish Enterprise report highlighting the main economic opportunities for Scotland from heat recovery. The report focuses on waste heat recovery and renewable heat from geothermal and ambient heat sources (2014).
- District Heating and Cooling Connection Handbook
International Energy Agency: programme of Research, Development and Demonstration on District Heating and Cooling (Bard Skagestad and Peter Mildens).
- District heating substation design
District heating substations design and installation - Svensk Fjärrvärme.
- City of London decentralised energy and pipe subways study
Decentralised Energy & Pipe Subways Study Baseline Report City Of London, URS December 2009.
- Low or zero carbon energy sources
The office of Deputy Prime Minister - Report on the Commercial Aspects of Local Authority Renewable Energy Production Executive Summary.
- Biomass heating a guide to feasibility studies
This guide provides a brief introduction to biomass boilers followed by a step–by-step guide to carrying out the technical aspects of a biomass feasibility study. The guide is concerned with the use of logs, wood chips and wood pellets only, these being the principal fuels used in biomass heating systems in the UK.
- Gas Pyro planning factsheet
This leaflet is based upon information contained within a research report undertaken for the Office of the Depute Prime Minister ( see information sources at foot of leaflet) and is intended to provide general guidance only. Minor amendments have been made to reflect the Scottish context. In Scotland SEPA’s Thermal Treatment Guidelines apply and require to be referred to.
- Cluff Geothermal Report
This report examines the potential for using deep geothermal energy as a heat source for district heating systems.
- Renewable Heat in Scotland 2012 (June 2013)
- A study into the recovery of heat from power generation in Scotland (October 2011)
- Study into the Potential for Deep Geothermal Energy in Scotland (November 2013)
- Building Standards Technical Guidance on Low Carbon Technologies including biomass and heat pumps
- Heat and the City
Heat and the City is a multidisciplinary project at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde, which addresses the development of sustainable heating in cities, particularly district energy systems. The project takes a collaborative approach, and has contributed to creation of the UK District Energy Vanguards Network.
- Large-scale Heat Pumps in Norway
- Woodfuel – rural woodfuel heat only case studies on Albyn Housing Association and Gelston Castle Holiday Cottages
The following references and links will be useful to participating delegates:
- Climate Change
Low Carbon Scotland - Meeting our Emissions Reduction Targets 2013-2027, Scottish Government, June 2013
Heat Policy Statement: Towards Decarbonising Heat: Maximising the Opportunities for Scotland, Scottish Government, June 2015
Progress on the District Heating Action Plan, Scottish Government, June 2015
- Climate Change
District Heating Action Plan, Scottish Government, June 2013
Update on the Renewable Heat Action Plan, Scottish Government, 2014
Energy Efficiency Policy, Scottish Government
Electricity Generation Policy Statement, Scottish Government, June 2013
The Future of Heating: Meeting the Challenge, UK Government, March 2013
Delivering UK Energy Investment: Networks 2014, UK Government, 2014
Sustainable Housing: Fuel Poverty and Climate Change Advice Note, Scottish Government, August 2014
National Planning Framework 3, Scottish Government, June 2014
- Guide to Energy Masterplanning, Scottish Enterprise .
- Scottish Futures Trust District Heating Delivery Structure Report (Mar 20015).
Scottish Futures Trust: Legal Guidance on establishing Energy Services Companies, Heat Network Partnership, March 2015. (See Procurement above)
Scottish Futures Trust: Legal Guidance on the Powers of Scottish Public Bodies to Generate, Procure and Supply Heat and Electricity, Heat Network Partnership, November 2014. (See Procurement above)
The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) Knowledge Centre.
Statistics and Evaluations
- Scottish House Condition Survey, Scottish Government.
Energy in Scotland 2015, Scottish Government, April 2015.
The ADE district heating installation map.
District Heating Loan Fund Evaluation Report, The Energy Saving Trust, March 2015.
Assessment of the Costs, Performance and Characteristics of UK heat networks, Report by Aecom, Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), March 2015.
Standards and Consumer Protection
- Heat Trust.
Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESH).
Scottish Government Building Standards.
The London Heat Network Manual.
- Climate Change Act 2009.
Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014: guidance to compliance and enforcement of the legislation.
The Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014.
Energy from Waste.
- Heat Network Partnership.
Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme.
STRATEGO project: Enhanced Heating & Cooling Plans.
Heat and the City.
District Energy Vanguards Network Newsletter.
The Association for Decentralised Energy.
District Energy in Cities UN Environment Programme Report.
- Background Report on EU-27 District Heating and Cooling Potentials, Barriers, Best Practice and Measures of Promotion, European Commission Joint Research Centre, 2012.
- Improvising innovation in UK urban district heating: The convergence of social and environmental agendas in Aberdeen, Jan Webb, Energy Policy, December 2014.