Metropolitan and E.ON deliver lower carbon district heating

Metropolitan and E.ON have been selected to provide the district heating system powering the next phase of the Greenwich Millennium Village (GMVL) development. The Metropolitan energy and utility infrastructure will be supplied by a new energy centre owned and operated by E.ON which will serve 1,743 new houses to be built over the next eight years.

Metropolitan is already contracted to provide the electricity, water, sewerage and fibre networks to the site. The district heat network will help GMVL to achieve carbon-reduction compliance, which now is a key planning requirement. There is growing interest in District Heat Networks for new developments as the 2016 zero carbon target approaches and the UK moves towards a sustainable future.

Metropolitan's network will distribute the heat generated from gas-fired combined heat and power energy centre which will be owned by energy supplier E.ON. Using the heat network, E.ON will then provide a heat supply service to customers giving them price protection and peace of mind for the next 50 years.Metropolitan will be a single partner, delivering a complete site multi-utility package with site connections to the upstream utility grids. The package includes one of the fastest broadband networks available in the UK, through Metropolitan's Fibre To The Home.

"We are delighted to be chosen to deliver all the utility networks at GMVL" comments John Marsh, director of Metropolitan. "There is a growing interest in heat networks for new developments to help deliver the 2016 zero carbon target. It is exciting when we integrate the heat network with all of the utility networks to deliver a one-stop-shop."

Jeremy Bungey, Head of Community Energy at E.ON, added: "The GMVL development is being constructed with energy efficiency built into its very foundations. Through our on-site energy centre and the district heating network we'll be able to deliver reliable, low carbon heating to customers for years to come."

Metropolitan owns the district heat network at the King's Cross site, where they also own the electricity, fibre, water, sewerage gas and fibre networks.

As we go to press, Metropolitan is being invited to deliver a district heat network on a new-build site in Scotland.

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