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October
2018
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10:59
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Green GB Week: E.ON supports Government’s Heat Networks Investment Project, calls for clarity including on demand risk

Michael Lewis, E.ON UK’s Chief Executive
At E.ON we want to play a key role in creating energy efficient communities for the future and heat networks are an important part of solving this challenge. We welcome the launch of this HNIP programme as a first step towards creating the right market conditions for this growing area.
Michael Lewis, E.ON UK’s Chief Executive


E.ON today welcomed the launch of the Government’s £320 million Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) to encourage greater expansion of lower carbon sources of energy for homes and businesses around the country.

E.ON currently serves some 30,000 customers connected to about 60 individual heat networks around the UK, from Newcastle in the north of England to Southampton in the south and from London to Exeter in the west of the country.


Commenting on today’s announcement, Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK, said: “As a country we need to tackle the issues of heating and transport if we are to meet our environmental commitments and to make our cities and streets healthier places. At E.ON we want to play a key role in creating energy efficient communities for the future and heat networks are an important part of solving this challenge. We welcome the launch of this HNIP programme as a first step towards creating the right market conditions for this growing area.

“District heating is a means of providing an affordable, secure and lower carbon source of energy to homes and businesses and E.ON has decades of experience in district heating schemes across Europe, specifically in Sweden, Germany and the UK. The interest in such initiatives as ways to provide new energy solutions is increasing significantly and we have a very full pipeline of city energy projects.

“We are ready to meet the challenges set out by the ambitions of the Clean Growth Strategy. What we need is more ‘meat on the bones’ and crucially new policies that clearly signal to investors that there are opportunities for investing in the future UK market. Government and industry need to work collaboratively together to help develop opportunities over the longer term to put the industry on a sustainable platform.

“We broadly welcome the recent CMA report into the district heating market and the steps being taken to ensure quality outcomes for customers and greater certainty for investors. Any regulation must protect customers in line with supply agreements as well as promote investment in what is a lower carbon and affordable source of heating our homes.”

Claire Perry, Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, said: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions whilst growing our economy - with clean growth driving incredible innovation and creating hundreds of thousands of high quality jobs. Ten years on from the Climate Change Act, the first ever Green GB week is a time to build on our successes and explain the huge opportunities for business and young people of a cleaner economy. I’m delighted to see how many more businesses and organisations such as E.ON are seizing this multi-billion pound opportunity to energize their communities to tackle the very serious threat of climate change.”

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For more information contact:

Andrew Barrow, 07515 752 759 or andrew.barrow@eon-uk.com

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