Glenrothes Energy Network: Overview

Fife Council working in partnership with RWE and the Scottish Government are developing the Glenrothes Energy Network.

Using heat from RWE’s Markinch Biomass CHP Plant, the network will supply low carbon heat to businesses and houses within Glenrothes town centre, lowering energy bills and helping to prevent fuel poverty and climate change. Fife Council has a target to reduce carbon emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.

The Glenrothes Energy Network project team includes representatives From Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government.

Total project capital costs are estimated at £23.911m. RWE have committed £13.573m. Capital funding of £8.559m was secured from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. Fife Council’s Climate Change Mitigation Fund is contributing £1.55m and Housing Revenue Account £0.233m.

Planning consent for the heat network was granted at Central Planning Committee on 20 November 2017. The energy centre was granted planning consent on 5 December 2017. Construction of the energy centre and heat network will start in Summer 2018.

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