BCBC set to back “Energy Revolution” consortium bid

I’ve already covered plans for district heat systems in Bridgend town centre and Caerau, but another proposed green energy programme has come forward and will be discussed by Bridgend Council’s Cabinet next week (pdf).

BCBC have been asked to join a consortium led by Cenin Renewables (who host an anaerobic digestion energy plant at Stormy Down), Hitachi and Jacobs Engineering. The goal will be to decarbonise domestic heating across the whole of Bridgend county by 2050.

This is likely to involve creating energy hubs at Stormy Down and elsewhere in the county (including the aforementioned district heating schemes) to establish a localised “smart energy grid”, which would demonstrate whether the concept works or not.

The consortium will bid to be one of just six innovative energy schemes, backed by UK Government (Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund) and private sector investment.

The proposal has been discussed by the Cardiff City Region and they may part-fund the project, though BCBC officers say that there will be no financial commitment from Bridgend Council other than those already made in relation to the district heat systems – it’s a private-sector led project.

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