Sutton launches energy supply company

The London Borough of Sutton is launching its own energy supply company to provide low-carbon energy to thousands of homes and businesses.

The local authority is calling on developers in Sutton, Merton and Croydon to join 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.

Energy generated by a new Energy Recovery Facility and from the existing landfill in Beddington will provide low-carbon heating through a network of pipes that will serve developments, eliminating the need for households and businesses to have boilers. 

Sutton is already in negotiations to sign up its first partner to join the network. Barratt Homes are developer for the Felnex site in Beddington, Sutton, which will contain 725 homes and a supermarket, both of which will be connected to the SDEN. 

”Sutton has long been committed to environmental sustainability and reducing our carbon footprint,” said the Chair of the Sutton’s Housing, Economy and Business, Cllr Jayne McCoy.

“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.”

"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."

James Dunne, Operations Director at Barratt Homes, said: "The SDEN offers developers the chance to connect to a low-carbon energy supply when building new homes.

"Barratt already has a proven record in district heating. It is straightforward to build the infrastructure, significantly reduces emissions and it counters the rising price of fossil fuels over the long term.”

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