Renewable heat and heat networks:
Current opportunities for Exeter and community energy groups

July 4th 18.45 to 20.45
Meeting Room, Stephens Scown Solicitors LLP, Curzon House, Southernhay, Exeter, EX1 1RS

Come along and find out about what’s happening with community energy and heat and an update on the innovative far-reaching heat network plans for the Exeter district. This will build on John Rigby’s presentation in 2015.

Larger public authority heat network projects seem to be having more success than smaller community energy projects. Why is this? Our aim is that our speakers will help us understand more about the complexity of heat projects. This event is part of the Community Energy Fortnight.

Howard Smith, principal project manager of Dextco, will recap how district heating can reduce carbon emissions, review the extensive and innovative Exeter District Heating scheme, the role of Dextco – a newly formed energy company and provide an update on progress with delivery.

Dextco was formed by Exeter City Council, the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, University of Exeter, Teignbridge District Council and Devon County Council to progress procurement of a private sector partner to deliver the City District Heating scheme. Each of the five partner organisations have an equal shareholding in the company and have appointed one Director to sit on the board. Howard Smith is the nominated Director of Dextco on behalf of the City Council.

Kathy Smyth, a director of the Springbok Sustainable Wood Heat Co-operative Kathy Smyth, will talk about developing and operating a wood chip biomass district heating system on a charitable estate for retired seafarers in Surrey. She will explain how the opportunity for the scheme was identified, how it was developed and what lessons the co-operative has learnt in the first two full years of operations.

Tim Crook, from Regen SW, will give an update on government policy for renewable heat.

Gill Wyatt, chair of ECOE will share their experiences in trying to find a site in Exeter.

Refreshments will be provided

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