Geothermal Power: District Heating

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st March 2022.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the development of geothermal based district heating solutions.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The recently published Heat and Buildings Strategy acknowledges the potential of geothermal energy and sets out the Government’s commitment to continue to monitor developments in geothermal heat in the UK and assess whether the technology provides a cost-effective option for the future.

Officials are therefore currently reaching out to industry involved in the deep geothermal sector to improve the Government’s understanding of the barriers for investment and the potential of a geothermal heat pipeline. The Government will use this information to identify the next steps that can be taken both by government and industry to realise the potential of the sector for decarbonising heat.

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