Question to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy:
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their plans to establish a regulatory framework for heat networks as set out in the Energy Bill [HL], what steps they are taking to ensure that properties’ energy efficiency is improved when they are connected to a heat network; and what funding will be available for any such energy efficiency improvements.
Following the success of the Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES) Demonstrator which was delivered in FY21/22 , we are now developing a multi-year scheme, the HNES Main. This scheme will be a key part of the Heat Network Transformation Programme in which we are investing £338 million from 2022-2025.
The HNES Main is likely to again offer both capital grants and revenue grants to existing district heating or communal heating projects to improve the efficiency of the communal network.
Alongside the improvements to network efficiency the government has announced more than £3.9 billion of new funding for decarbonising heat and buildings, including measure to improve the energy efficiency of properties.