Lee Anderson, MP for Ashfield and Eastwood, sponsored a Parliamentary event on Wednesday, 20 October to encourage the use of clean energy from the coalfields.
The Coal Board have been working with the MP since his election in their bid to power large areas of the UK using Mine Water Heat.
Warm water is pumped out of old mine working, put through a heat exchanger, then used to heat buildings like housing, industrial sites, schools and hospitals. Using the Geothermally heated water from the areas coalmines would help achieve net zero. Councils throughout the country have already committed to the untapped power source attracted to the new low carbon heat source for homes, the creation of new green jobs and helping to address fuel poverty. With 25% of current homes within the UK Coalfields, the scheme is revolutionary. With mine water heat pump systems, carbon reductions of around 75% are expected compared to gas and offers energy security.
House builders, Taylor Wimpey, are one company expressing strong commitment to its new estates in County Durham. Along with their work with the County Council 1500 homes will be heated in this new, cheap, green way.
The Coal Authority has been working with a number of partners to undertake mine water heat feasibility studies. Many of these have identified good potential and the local authorities concerned are exploring a range of funding opportunities with mixed success. With the recent announcement of the £270m Green Heat Network Fund it is hoped that more mine water energy projects that could be realised.
There is currently only one mine water heat project in development in Nottinghamshire, the Crabtree Estate pilot in Basford, Nottingham, which is currently at feasibility stage. The Coal Authority is continuing discussions with a number of councils in the region in a bid to encourage more to commit to the clean energy source.
Lee Anderson said:
“This is the first event I have sponsored in Parliament and something I am really passionate about. Ashfield has some of the best water under our ground and the easiest to extract. I want all our new buildings powered by this clean, cheap source. It’s an endless supply with a constant price. I will certainly be lobbying Ashfield District Council to work with the Coal Board and incorporate it in to their Local Plan. It’s such an opportunity for us and supports Government plans for growth and to level up”.
Richard Bond, the Innovation & Engagement Director, said:
“It was a great opportunity to meet with so many MPs in Parliament. Practically every part of the country could benefit from this energy source. It offers to create a better future from our mining past. What a fantastic legacy this would be”.