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FOI 12434

CHP & District Heating Plans

Request

We are keen to learn about the future developments and strategies in the areas of Energy Cost Management; reduction of Energy Bills for Tenants; Carbon Emissions Reduction; meeting 2020 targets for Energy Performance Certificate D Rating or above for Housing Stock, in your Borough.

We would be grateful for your feedback in answering the following questions:

1)
To help reduce fuel poverty in the borough, Combined Heat & Power (CHP) based Local or District Heating Networks are considered as Low Carbon Energy options to conventional heating systems in Residential or Commercial properties
– How many new properties are planned to be built over the next 5 to 10 years that are supported by CHP and/or a District Heating Network?

2)
What percentage of Housing Stock in the borough will have an EPC rating of D or better by end of 2020?

3)
Further to questions 1) above, what plans are in place to convert existing Local Authority Estate or Social Housing Stock to be retrofitted/upgraded to a CHP; Local or District Heating Network over the next 5 to 10 years?

4)
In London, for example, the Mayor of London is committed to delivering 25% of London’s energy supply by Decentralised Energy (DE) by 2025. District Heating Networks are a key part of this strategy, and already proven to be much more efficient in reducing carbon emissions from Heating Systems in countries like Denmark; Sweden and Germany (where ista Energy are already a key supplier in these countries) – what plans has the Local Authority to develop/connect to District Heating
Networks in the borough by 2025?

5) A key part of managing energy costs for Local Authority estate, or Social Housing would be to introduce greater levels of Energy Consumption Smart Metering and Sub-Metering for all utilities (Electricity; Gas; Water; Heat) – what plans are in place to introduce greater levels of Metering within the borough over the next 5 to 10 years?

6) Who is the best first point of contact in the Local Authority to understand how ista Energy Solutions Ltd can begin enquiries on how to become a supplier to the Local Authority and Housing Associations (or similar organisations) in the areas of Energy Management and Tenant Billing Services?

Response

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to recorded information via published data and public requests. The Act does not give people access to their own personal data. If such information is required a separate subject access request may be made under the Data Protection Act 1998. An Authority can refuse to provide information requested under the FOI Act 2000 if it relates to personal data and/or is vexatious. Information is limited to information already held in recorded form, there is no obligation to create new information.

Brentwood Borough Council is for the purposes of the FOI Act 2000 a public body under Schedule 1. The Council endeavours to follow the three relevant codes of practice, noting however that they are not directly legally binding. The FOI Act 2000 does not affect copyright and intellectual property rights and any relevant matters will be dealt with in accordance with primary and secondary legislation. Section 44 of the Act allows the Council to withhold information when its disclosure is prohibited under other legislation, and section 21 can exempt information that is accessible to an applicant using procedures in other legislation.

The Council would normally have 20 working days to respond to a request for information, unless one of the exceptions applies. A request for information is valid only if it is made in writing, includes the requesters real name, includes the requesters address for correspondence (including an email address) and adequately describes the information requested. The Council has the legal right not to respond fully to the request until adequate clarification has been received. If requested information is not held and adequate and properly directed searches have been undertaken then a no information return will be given. In addition if the request would pose an unreasonable burden on resources and exceed a set costs limit the Council may refuse the request and a written refusal notice will be provided. A charge can be levied to the requester to recover communications costs, such as photocopying, printing and postage. You will be informed in advance with a fees notice if any charge is to be levied.

We can confirm that your request has been deemed:
1. To relate to recorded information.
2. Is not data personal to yourself.
3. Does not require an obligation to create new information.
4. Is not related to prohibited and/or exempt information.
5. Is a valid request.
6. Does not place an unreasonable burden on resources and/or exceed the set costs limited.
7. Not to require a charge to be levied to the information requester.
Please see the information highlighted in red below which provides information relevant to your request. Please note that this response is from Brentwood Borough Council Housing Services and you may need to approach the Planning Department and/or Building Control departments if you require further information.

Your Questions and Highlighted Responses from Housing Services

1) To help reduce fuel poverty in the borough, Combined Heat & Power (CHP) based Local or District Heating Networks are considered as Low Carbon Energy options to conventional heating systems in Residential or Commercial properties
– How many new properties are planned to be built over the next 5 to 10 years that are supported by CHP and/or a District Heating Network? We do not hold this information.

2) What percentage of Housing Stock in the borough will have an EPC rating of D or better by end of 2020? We do not hold this information.

3) Further to questions 1) above, what plans are in place to convert existing Local Authority Estate or Social Housing Stock to be retrofitted/upgraded to a CHP; Local or District Heating Network over the next 5 to 10 years? We have no plans to convert or upgrade as listed.

4) In London, for example, the Mayor of London is committed to delivering 25% of London’s energy supply by Decentralised Energy (DE) by 2025. District Heating Networks are a key part of this strategy, and already proven to be much more efficient in reducing carbon emissions from Heating Systems in countries like Denmark; Sweden and Germany (where ista Energy are already a key supplier in these countries) – what plans has the Local Authority to develop/connect to District Heating
Networks in the borough by 2025 We have no plans to convert or upgrade as listed.

5) A key part of managing energy costs for Local Authority estate, or Social Housing would be to introduce greater levels of Energy Consumption Smart Metering and Sub-Metering for all utilities (Electricity; Gas; Water; Heat)
– what plans are in place to introduce greater levels of Metering within the borough over the next 5 to 10 years? We have no plans to convert or upgrade as listed.


6) Who is the best first point of contact in the Local Authority to understand how ista Energy Solutions Ltd can begin enquiries on how to become a supplier to the Local Authority and Housing Associations (or similar organisations)
in the areas of Energy Management and Tenant Billing Services? Mr Steve Chapman, Team Leader – Property Services (steve.chapman@brentwood.gov.uk)