A major new scheme to save thousands of pounds in heating public buildings and helping those in fuel poverty by harnessing energy from the Waste to Energy plant has now started.
The groundbreaking Heatline scheme will see buildings including the Council House, Herbert Art Gallery and Museum and Coventry Cathedral being supplied heat and hot water produced by the Waste to Energy plant in Whitley. The plan is then to extend the scheme to be able to benefit tenants in social housing, large companies in the city that want to invest in the scheme and any private resident that wants to join.
By using the surplus energy from the incinerator in Whitley, we will be able to keep our fuel costs low which will benefit the taxpayer and also the environment as it will save around 2000 tonnes of carbon per year - the equivalent of fuelling 400 Coventry homes for a year. The project will help grow the city's low carbon economy and help draw companies here who wish to reduce their carbon footprint and bring investment into the city, as well as benefit those in fuel poverty and other residents who want to have security of energy prices.
The project is being carried out, by specialist contractor, Cofely who will save the energy produced back to the Council and other partners at a heavily reduced rate to help reduce energy costs and carbon tax bills. Cofely are funding the project along with a £2.2 million grant from the Homes and Community Agency for the installation of the infrastructure. Cofely will install the Heatline pipes from the Waste from Energy plant along London Road to the city centre.