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Gateshead wins energy award

Posted on Monday 30 October 2017
Gateshead Council has won a national award for its District Energy Scheme.

The council was presented with the Visionary Project Award by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) at its 50th anniversary awards ceremony at the Science Museum in London. The special award ceremony recognised the most significant schemes of the past decade, as well as looking for those schemes setting the bar for the next decade of energy initiatives.

The Visionary Project award received the most entries out of any category at the event.  Sponsored by SAV Systems, the award highlights projects that look forward and dramatically change the vision of the energy industry for the future.

The Gateshead scheme was judged to be a “truly visionary” project.  It provides heat through 3km of pipes and electricity through a private wire network to domestic, commercial and public sector customers.

It is one of the most unique projects in the country as it also offers peak power generation to help balance the grid through a mixture of battery storage and combined heat and power with heat storage.

Cllr John McElroy, Gateshead Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said:

“We’re delighted that this innovative project has won a national award.  The scheme provides low-cost, low-carbon power to residents, organisations and businesses in central Gateshead and will also generate much-needed funds for the council.”

Dr Alastair Martin, Flexitricity’s founder and chief strategy officer, said: “Gateshead has proved itself both resourceful and innovative from day one and winning the Visionary Project Award is testament to the fact it is showing the way ahead for the rest of the country.”

Dominic Bowers, director of Energy Solutions, said:  “WSP is proud to have worked with Gateshead Council on the design and delivery of this pioneering scheme which exemplifies the crucial role that local authorities have in decentralised energy project development.”

Stephen Semple of Balfour Beatty added:  “The award is true recognition for the fantastic work and effort by our local employees and local supply chain in constructing such a visionary energy centre.”

Edina Group Director Tony Fenton, said: “Gateshead’s District Energy Scheme is a worthy winner of the ADE’s Visionary Project of the Decade category award.  The project sets a new benchmark and the benefits of our CHP plant, delivering low-cost energy and reducing carbon emissions, will be felt across the wider Gateshead community and inspire real change.”

Details about the scheme are at: