William Eichler 26 November 2015

Council sets up green energy supply company

Council sets up green energy supply company image

Sutton Council has established a green energy supply company, the profits from which will be reinvested into local services.

The new Energy Recovery Facility will use waste heat to provide low-carbon energy to thousands of homes and businesses across south London and will, in theory, eliminate the need for boilers.

It will also utilise the existing landfill in Beddington.

This is part of the Sutton Decentralised Energy Network (SDEN), which has the potential to provide sustainable heating and hot water to 19,000 homes at no greater cost than a conventional boiler.

Negotiations are, according to the council, already underway with Barratt Homes to connect their 725 homes and one supermarket in Beddington to the SDEN. This will save a projected 900 tonnes of CO2 emissions with future phases expected to increase this to over 5,000 tonnes.

The project has the potential to harness currently wasted energy from other businesses and will reinvest profits back into public services to benefit Sutton residents.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee at Sutton Council, said: 'The SDEN will offer developers in South London a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels for the provision of heat and hot water. There are lots of potential benefits including lower construction costs, lower green taxes, better resilience, no ongoing plant maintenance and increased lettable floor space.'

She continued: 'For Sutton, the SDEN will help to reduce our carbon footprint and any profits we make will be invested back into public services for our residents and businesses.

'At a time when our council budgets are being severely cut by the Government, it is projects like the SDEN can help local authorities to bring in much needed revenue while also creating a low-carbon borough.'

The Bay – a pivot to purpose image

The Bay – a pivot to purpose

Tim Pope and Sam Plum explain why local government reorganisation can be used as a catalyst for a new generation of councils that reflect their local economies and can lead the recovery.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Senior Product Manager

Essex County Council
£50000 - £62858 per annum
Senior Product ManagerFixed Term, 12 months (secondments from other local authorities and civil service departments will be considered)Full Time, flex England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Experienced Occupational Therapists

Essex County Council
£30906 - £47405 per annum
Experienced Occupational TherapistsPermanent, Full Time£30,906 - £47,405 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Experienced Social Workers

Essex County Council
£30906 - £47405 per annum
Experienced Social WorkersPermanent, Full Time£30,906 - £47,405 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Residential Workers x2 - The Maples

Essex County Council
£20604 - £26801 per annum + Plus Benefits Package
Residential Workers x2 - The MaplesPermanentFull Time£20,604 to £26,801 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Social Worker - Assessment and Intervention

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Social Worker - Assessment and InterventionPermanent, Full Time£30,906 to £42,254 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue