The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released a map this week which indicates how energy is used throughout the UK. The map was created for the Centre for Sustainable Energy and literally shows heat use at building level.
It is expected that these heat maps will be used by local councils to help them work out the best places to build heat networks. In addition the maps give enough details for the kilowatt hours to be worked out per square metre.
Most of the heat in the UK appears to come from the domestic sector as individual oil or gas boilers in homes, but it also clearly shows the heat used by the business and industrial sectors. In fact half of all the energy used in the UK goes towards heating, cooking and air conditioning.
The map was released as part the the government’s overall strategy for cutting emissions from homes and businesses in the UK. Energy secretary Ed Davey has commented that more towns and cities need to move to low carbon energy sources and this map should help in that process.
However despite these words, the government has also announced this week that the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is going to be delayed and will now come in during next summer at the earliest.
The government has said that it wants to avoid the problems which surrounded the solar subsidies and wants to ensure that the RHI budget is more carefully managed. The government has now launched a consultation regarding measures which are designed to prevent the scheme from going over budget. It is thought that this will mean a lower tariff.
It has been pointed out that more money will be put into the Renewable Heat Premium Payment instead giving homeowners a one-off payment to help them with installation costs.