E.ON wins district heat network contract

E.ON has been chosen to provide a £30m district heat network for a new development on the outskirts of Exeter.

As part of landmark agreement with Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, and Exeter City Council, E.ON will develop a £30 million, 10,000sq foot Energy Centre and district heating network for the new Monkerton development.

About 2,800 homes to the west of the M5 will be served through the first phase of residential development alongside Exeter Science Park to the east of the M5 - plus other community facilities and commercial developments. 

"This agreement with our local authority and developer partners is a vote of confidence not only in district heating as an efficient and cost-effective method of better serving our customers and lowering carbon emissions at home and at work, but also in the success we've delivered at our Cranbrook and Skypark developments,” said E.ON’s Head of Community Energy, Jeremy Bungey.

"Work on the new Community Energy Centre serving Monkerton is more proof of E.ON's continuing investment in cleaner energy sources across the UK. Not only will it provide local homes and businesses with a sustainable source of heating and hot water but will also continue to support Exeter and East Devon's vision of becoming one of the UK's leaders in decentralised energy."

East Devon District Council leader, Cllr Paul Diviani, added: "The fact that it will serve new development in both Exeter and East Devon exemplifies the partnership working in the area. Alongside the new homes it is particularly fitting that it will serve the Exeter Science Park which will become the home of a new environmental futures cluster, further demonstrating our credentials in terms of pioneering low carbon development.”

Cllr Andrew Leadbetter, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Growth, said: "We know that our work to move towards a low carbon economy offers the potential to drive significant business investment and we want to ensure that Devon, and the wider South West, remains at the forefront of this growth in the sector. This announcement sends out a clear signal that Devon is serious about finding innovative solutions to make this a reality."

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues