Grant will help county lower its energy bills

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A NEW energy scheme that could generate electricity, reduce energy bills and cut carbon emissions has received cash from the government.

Hampshire County Council has received a grant of £144,000 to put towards creating a district energy network to provide more efficient and less costly heating, hot water and electricity in council-owned buildings.

It is one of 26 local authorities awarded funding to support the development of heat network to lower energy bills. Each of the authorities was awarded a share of £1.9m, receiving between £15,000 and £250,000.

Cllr Mel Kendal, executive member for income and capital receipts, said: ‘This is excellent news for Hampshire.

‘This funding, and additional commercial and technical help that comes with it, will help us test the viability of a scheme to supply heat more efficiently and effectively.

‘This has the potential to reduce our energy bills by £4m over the 25 years as well as reducing carbon emissions and improving resilience of our energy supply.’