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GLENROTHES HEAT TAKES AN IMPORTANT STEP FORWARD

Stage one of the planning process has been lodged to develop a district heat

scheme in Glenrothes.

This will supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes.

A planning application has been submitted to Fife Council for the construction of the heat distribution network. In conjunction with this, the project is currently pursuing a live funding application with Scottish Government. Fife Council will consider a report on this project at Executive Committee on 28 March 2017.

The project now enters a 12 week consultation period and an event will be held on Wednesday 29 March 3.30pm to 8.00pm at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. Members of the Glenrothes Heat project team will be present to answer any questions about the scheme.

Cllr John Wincott, executive spokesperson for environment and transportation said: “Fife Council is committed to tackling climate change and reducing carbon emissions. We've set ourselves the target of reducing our carbon emissions by 42% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. Glenrothes Heat will contribute significantly to the climate change targets and could potentially reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes households and provide cost savings for businesses.

“The consultation period will allow anyone affected by these plans to engage in the process and share their views. I urge anyone interested in this project to go along to the event on 29 March.”

Glenrothes Heat would use the local biomass CHP plant, owned and operated by RWE, to provide hot water and heating for local businesses, community facilities, council offices and homes in the centre of Glenrothes.

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