Milton Keynes school saves £10,000 through renewable heating

Leon SchoolAn education in sustainable heating: Milton Keynes school saves £10,000 a year through E.ON renewable heating contract

A leading secondary school and leisure centre in Milton Keynes is reducing its energy costs and carbon emissions through cutting edge biomass technology as part of an exciting new renewable energy project with E.ON.

Sir Herbert Leon Academy in Bletchley is set to see savings of about £10,000 a year1 following E.ON’s installation of a dedicated 800kW biomass boiler which will replace existing gas boilers in the grounds of the school.

The biomass system will provide a source of lower carbon heat to the 800-student main school building and its swimming pool and fitness centre. In total, the project will provide the site with over 1.8 million kWh of heat per year.

The installation is due for completion in early November 2012.

Thomas Buss, Head of Microgen at E.ON, said: “We’re looking forward to working in partnership with Sir Herbert Leon Academy to deliver the latest innovation in energy efficient heating that will bring significant benefits to the site in terms of both cost and carbon emissions.

“Developing innovative, smarter and lower carbon technology is a key part of our work with Milton Keynes Council to help deliver elements of the Low Carbon Living Programme. This is a great example of what we're doing to bring on the benefits of cutting edge innovation and knowledge across communities.”

Simon Viccars, Principal, Sir Herbert Leon Academy, said: “We are always striving to provide the best possible environment for our students and other users. We pride ourselves on having excellent facilities on site, and we recognise that energy efficiency is an important part of this. Updating to the biomass boiler will help us to drive down our energy costs significantly, freeing up funds for reinvestment into the school. It also offers an important sustainable environmental message and example to our students and community.”

The biomass scheme in Milton Keynes follows the successful roll-out of similar partnerships at a number of other community and sports facilities, as E.ON carries out its programme of investment in renewable technologies in communities across the UK. The agreement is part of the company’s Project New Heat programme which aims to deliver significant carbon reductions and vital cost savings, with no up-front costs to the customer.

E.ON and Milton Keynes Council formed a Low Carbon Task Force formed to investigate ways to improve the energy efficiency of homes and use green power to drive down residents' fuel bills and help combat climate change.

Elsewhere in the town some 75 homes are taking part in a trial of ‘smart home' technologies to show the benefits of intelligent appliances on energy use in terms of increased control, comfort, convenience and reduced costs.

1 Based on a heat cost of 4p as opposed to the customer heat cost of 4.6p (0.6p X 1,800,000kWhs PA), this assumes the following for the customer heat cost of 4.6p; Efficiency of boiler 80%, energy cost 2.8p, Capital cost 0.213p, Service Cost 0.278p & inflation @ 15%.

Notes to editors:
• E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, retailing power and gas, developing gas storage and undertaking gas and oil exploration and production. It is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. E.ON employs around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 79,000 worldwide;
• In the UK, E.ON supplies power and gas to around five million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers – meaning the company has to buy approximately 122.7 billion kWh of power and gas each year to meet their needs. E.ON also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers' needs, and is helping customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even generate their own power;
• E.ON's Reset Review continues to identify and discuss changes with customers through its 28,000-strong YourSay panel, its independent Customer Council comprising business leader Allan Leighton and ex-MP and Select Committee chair Paddy Tipping, its 1,000-strong MySay employee panel and through discussions with consumer advocacy groups such as Which? and Consumer Focus. Changes made to date include: Helping customers control their bills: Fair prices, simple products, transparent profits, A fairer way of paying: Providing stability to help households budget, Improving customer service: Consistency, easier contact, the confidence to complain;
• E.ON has formed Sustainable City partnerships with a number of cities in the UK to help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across entire communities, whilst also stimulating local economies and jobs through energy efficiency measures and smart technologies. E.ON's growing number of city partners includes local authorities such as Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Sheffield, Exeter and Milton Keynes as well as partners such as local businesses, housing providers, social enterprise and other utility companies.

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