A letter from Citizens Advice to ministers has criticised the government over large gaps in its policies to regulate low-carbon technologies. The Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) has responded to this letter by suggesting that the solution to zero-carbon heat is heat networks.
The chief executive of Citizens Advice, Gillian Guy said:
“The way we heat our homes needs to undergo a major transformation, and how we manage that process and fairly distribute the costs needs the urgent attention of Government. An independent commission is the only way to make sure the pathway to net-zero is assessed in a rigorous, transparent and timely way.”
The government has a zero-carbon target by 2050, and wants 12% of heat generated from renewable sources by 2020.
The ADE supports the building of more networks where heat is generated from non-fossil fuel sources and without generating carbon emissions. The heat is generated in one location then distributed by insulated pipes to domestic or industrial customers, and can go directly into underfloor heating systems.
Lily Frenchman, head of the ADE, said:
“The building of more heat networks is widely acknowledged to be a key component to any future plans.”
The ADE wants regulation about heat networks that cover customer protection and costs. Users of heating networks are also faced with the cost of connecting boilers, underfloor heating systems and other devices to the pipes that distribute the heat. Some have argued that this should be subsidised.