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JENNY GILRUTH MSP HIGHLIGHTS CONSULTATION ON ‘GLENROTHES HEAT’

Publised date : 26 Apr 2017

MID FIFE & GLENROTHES MSP ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO ENGAGE WITH HEATING PLANS

Mid Fife & Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth is encouraging her constituents to engage in a public consultation on Thursday evening on plans to develop a local District Heating Scheme in Glenrothes.

The ‘Glenrothes Heat’ scheme would see low carbon heat from the RWE Markinch biomass plant being used to heat homes, businesses and public sector premises locally. Following a previous consultation event in March at Rothes Halls, a planning application has been submitted to Fife Council for construction of the necessary infrastructure.

The plans could see a significant reduction in local heating bills and carbon emissions, as well as securing the future use of the RWE’s CHP Biomass plant in Markinch.

A potential £8.5million funding support from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Programme Fund has been secured in principle, and a further £7million from RWE Markinch Ltd could make the project a reality as early as January 2019.

Commenting, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“These exciting plans could make a big difference to lives here in Mid Fife & Glenrothes. As well as offering low-cost low-carbon heating, ‘Glenrothes Heat’ could help alleviate fuel poverty and support Scotland’s climate change targets by reducing local carbon emissions.

“I’d encourage everyone to get along to the consultation event to make sure their views are heard. This is a hugely exciting proposal and I’d be delighted if more constituents voiced their support for the project.”

The consultation and exhibition will take place on Thursday 27th April from 9.30am to 7pm at the Auchmuty Learning Centre in Glenrothes.

The Scottish Government is aiming to ensure 40,000 homes are supplied through district or communal heating by 2020.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITORS

Pictured: Jenny Gilruth MSP on a visit to the RWE CHP Biomass plant in Markinch last year.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.investinfife.co.uk/content/glenrothes-heat/

 

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