Decentralised energy

MQT on 2011-05-18
Session date: 
May 18, 2011
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Your draft Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy aims for a 'secure supply of low and zero carbon energy, including 25 per cent from decentralised energy by 2025', and cites as a case study the decentralised energy scheme at Elephant and Castle. How can you use your planning powers, the Green Fund and LWaRB to ensure that planned decentralised energy schemes actually get built?


Answer for Decentralised energy

Answer for Decentralised energy

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am supporting the roll-out of decentralised energy programmes through a number of policies and programmes.

Through my planning powers I require all strategic applications to undertake an energy assessment. As part of that assessment I expect developers to look at opportunities for decentralised energy and implement them where feasible.

My draft replacement London Plan also states that boroughs Local Development Frameworks should develop policies and proposals to identify and establish decentralised energy network opportunities.

I am also helping identify opportunities through the London Heat Map for developers, generation companies and boroughs. My decentralised energy masterplanning programme has also offered a comprehensive support package to help boroughs identify and take forward projects.

I have also successfully applied for Elena funding to support the commercialisation and delivery of large-scale decentralised energy projects. The GLA has successfully applied for 2.9 million euros that will support the development of projects to market.

The London Green Fund and the LWARB funds, coupled with private finance offer opportunities to take projects forward.

Further details of my programmes are set out in Chapter 4 of my draft Climate Change Mitigation and Energy Strategy.