26 Mar 2018
Today (Monday 26 March 2018), members of Fife Council’s Policy and Co-ordination Committee approved the construction of a district heating network in Glenrothes town centre.
Fife Council’s Co-Leader David Ross said: “Today’s decision sees Fife once again leading the way in tackling climate change. Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.”
Co-Leader Cllr David Alexander added: “This is a major investment of nearly £24 million for Glenrothes town centre. It will not only provide clean sustainable energy but will help to secure jobs and reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes.”
Glenrothes Energy Network is a collaborative local heat scheme between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex.
Mark Picton, Markinch Site Manager said: “We are extremely pleased with the Committee’s decision today. We believe that the Glenrothes Energy Network delivers low carbon heat efficiently and cost-effectively. The scheme has the ability to grow and develop over the next 40 years: enabling thousands of homes and businesses to access the available heat from the power plant.
“We believe that this project is important environmentally and it could continue the very important work that Scotland has already done on de-carbonising its economy.”
Cllr Fiona Grant, Glenrothes Area Committee Convener said: "This is great news for Glenrothes. Millions will be invested in the heart of Glenrothes with the potential for significant further investment if the scheme is extended to include Warout and Auchmuty."
The district heating network will be operational by the end of January 2019, with building and development of the network and Energy Centre beginning in Spring 2018. For more information on the project please go to www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk