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What’s Next For The UK Heat Networks Market?

Date: 14 September 2016

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The market for heat networks is growing strongly at present, particularly in urban centres such as London where district heating often forms the backbone of many new large residential and commercial developments. According to UK government data, there are at least 280 heat networks in the pipeline, translating into up to £2 billion of capex investment and £80-£160 million of operation and maintenance contracts annually. This report provides energy service providers, power utilities and CHP specialists with an analysis of the market drivers and growth expectations of this emerging market. The analysis finds the pace of growth going forward is at risk because it depends on the continuation of low carbon building regulations and rate of new developments. These drivers are now uncertain following Brexit and the change of UK government leadership.


What’s Next For The UK Heat Networks Market?
The Heat Network Market Is Comprised Of Two Distinct Segments
The District Heating Market Is Roaring Ahead In London, Driven By Building Regulations
Most District Heating Activity Is Taking Place At New Mixed-Use Developments In Urban Centres
Booming Market Is At Risk If Low Carbon Building Regulations Are Further Weakened


Figure 1. Heat Networks Can Be Deployed At The Single Building Or District Scale


Association of Decentralized Energy, Barratt Developments, Caithness General Hospital, Camden Council, Churchill Hospital, Clarke Energy, Cofely District Energy, Cube Housing Association, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Department of Energy and Climate Change, E.ON, Energy Savings Trust, ENGIE, Equitix, GE, Greater London Authority, Green Investment Bank, Ignis Biomass, John Radcliffe Hospital, Markit, Pinnacle Power, Southampton City Council, SSE, St Andrews University, University of Edinburgh, Veolia Environmental Services, Vital Energi