North London Waste Authority welcomes Lee Valley heat opportunity
Date: 24 July 2014
North London Waste Authority (NLWA) has welcomed Enfield Council and the Greater London Authority’s announcement of the ‘Lee Valley Heat Network’ (LVHN). The new low carbon system would provide heat in the form of hot water through a series of pipes that would transfer the heat to where it is needed, including local homes, businesses and services.
Speaking at Monday’s launch event, Cllr Clyde Loakes, Chair of the North London Waste Authority (NLWA), said: ”Providing heat for a network is technically feasible and we are working with the London Borough of Enfield to develop the commercial positions needed. We’re also discussing the design of the plant, pipework and buildings necessary to deliver the Heat Network project.
“The Energy from Waste (EfW) plant at the Edmonton EcoPark already provides green electricity direct to the national grid, producing enough to power 72,000 homes. It makes sense for the EfW to direct some of its energy as hot water through to the new decentralised energy network providing cost competitive, low carbon energy to local communities.
“The plant has prevented significant volumes of waste going to landfill, making use of the energy value in residual waste and preventing transport of waste to landfill and treatment outside London – keeping London more self-sufficient.”
The EfW at Edmonton is operated by LondonWaste Ltd which is wholly owned by NLWA. The Authority is working with Enfield Council on the LVHN and the development of a hot water ‘offtake’ from the facility.