Ed Milliband visits CHP site

By on 29/07/2009 in News

Ed Milliband, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visited Birmingham today to meet Deputy Leader Cllr Paul Tilsley and view at first hand the city council's pioneering Combined Heat and Power (CHP) scheme.

The CHP uses fuel-efficient technology to provide chilled water for air conditioning, electricity and hot water for heating to major buildings in and around Broad Street and Victoria Square.

Powered from an engine based within the ICC complex, the network distributes energy via a system of insulated pipes laid one metre below the ground.

Unlike traditional forms of energy production which are typically only 30 per cent efficient, meaning they release more energy into the environment than they actually produce, the CHP scheme achieves an efficiency rating closer to 80 per cent. This both dramatically reduces emissions and also energy bills for buildings connected to the network.

The CHP scheme is managed by the Birmingham District Energy Company, a specially created organisation owned by the Utilicom Group, the UK's leading developer and provider of community and district energy schemes.

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