Vattenfall heat network serves 5,000 homes

Vattenfall Heat UK is now serving the equivalent of 5,000 homes with heating and hot water through the Bristol Heat Network, it has said.

The energy firm acquired the Bristol Heat Network one year ago as part of Bristol City Leap, a 20-year joint venture between Bristol City Council and Ameresco with Vattenfall Heat UK as a subcontractor.

Over the next five years Bristol City Leap plans to deliver a total of £750m in the decarbonisation of Bristol and create 1000 jobs in the process.

Bristol City Council’s partnership with Ameresco aims to showcase how collaboration between governments, businesses and communities can revolutionise a city’s energy system, from generation and distribution to storage consumption.

Over the next five years, Vattenfall expects to invest £475 million to grow the Bristol Heat Network, supplying the equivalent of 12,000 homes.

Bristol developer, Cubex, delivered the two most recent connections and has continued to decarbonise their developments and deliver low carbon properties. The connections mark the completion of Finzels Reach, one of the largest brownfield redevelopment sites in the South West.

Jon Sankey, Head of Business Development, Bristol at Vattenfall Heat UK said: “Our vision for Bristol is a city-wide low carbon heat network that provides reliable heating and hot water at a fair price. The benefits are huge and over the next 5 years, Bristol City Leap expects to generate £61.5 million of social value in Bristol, with Vattenfall making a substantial contribution through the partnership.

“We’re ready to deliver local low carbon heat to residential and commercial properties. We’re actively seeking commercial organisations and communities across Bristol who are looking to connect to the heat network and decarbonise their buildings.”

Will Tomlinson, Development Director at Cubex said: “As we strengthen our position in the living sector we will be focused on providing ‘intelligent’, tech-enabled, sustainable buildings in Bristol and across the South West.

“Working with Vattenfall Heat UK, our developments have a low carbon heat source that delivers homes with a secure source of sustainable heat. Partnering with a business that shares our values we can build a future that targets net zero emissions.”

Joe Downey, Managing Director at Cubex said: “We are constantly exploring new ways to reduce the carbon impact of our developments. Being able to work with and learn from great partners such as Vattenfall who are European leaders in their field, is fantastic for us, and we look forward to working with them on future schemes.”

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