Combined heat and power schemes continue to grow, says DECC

There were 59 new combined heat and power (CHP) schemes operating in the UK last year, taking the total to over 2,000, according to new government figures.

Image: Andy Wright
Image: Andy Wright

However overall capacity remained broadly level due to the closure of one large scheme in the East Midlands chemicals sector, according to a report from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Yorkshire & Humberside accounts for 39 per cent of capacity and 24 per cent of electricity generated by CHP, even though it has only 9 per cent of the total number of schemes, which are mostly of large capacity.

The use of renewable fuels also varied considerably across regions. The overall share of renewable fuel used rose from 7 to 10 per cent, but the West Midlands was found to take 34 per cent of its fuel from renewable sources.

Natural gas accounted for two-thirds of fuel burned in CHP units in 2013, down from 71 per cent in 2012.


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