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A ground-breaking energy scheme that will reduce energy bills and carbon emissions for homes and businesses in Gateshead has been unveiled.

The Minister for Industry and Energy, Jesse Norman, took a tour of the newly-completed Gateshead District Energy Centre that will generate and supply low-carbon, low cost energy for up to 350 local homes and businesses in the area. The Energy Centre captures waste heat created during the energy generation process and recycles it to keep buildings nearby warm.

Two 2MW gas-powered combined heat and power (CHP) plants are used to generate enough electricity to provide power to 5,000 homes, with the waste heat from the engines being recovered to provide hot water for heating.

The network has been designed to ensure the Energy Centre is capable of meeting all the energy requirements of future projects planned for Gateshead town centre, underpinning the redevelopment of the Baltic Business Quarter, plus the Gateshead Quays area and major housing developments. The project meets the requirements of the government’s Industrial Strategy green paper, which has committed to providing secure, affordable and clean energy for businesses and households across the UK.

Mr Norman said: “This investment in local energy supplies is intended to deliver low carbon energy at competitive prices for local customers. It is a great example of the kind of local initiatives our new Industrial Strategy is looking to support. Through our ambitious Industrial Strategy Green Paper, the Government is working hard to promote growth across the North East and the rest of the UK, and to ensure the supply of secure, affordable and low-carbon energy for businesses and households.”

Source – UK Construction Online

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