Glenrothes Energy Network
What is GEN?
Glenrothes Energy Network delivers low carbon heat from RWE’s biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Markinch, to a range of buildings in Glenrothes town centre. The heat is transported through a network of underground pipes.
This high-profile project has been backed by funding from the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme, which supports the development of low carbon infrastructure projects across Scotland.
The CHP plant in Markinch uses recovered waste wood and a small percentage of virgin wood, to produce power. The excess steam from this process is transferred into heat and distributed through a network of insulated pipes to homes and businesses. This makes effective use of a large quantity of community waste wood, creating a low carbon heating system in Glenrothes.
With the continued support of RWE who are project partners, Fife Council has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has awarded £8.5 million from its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) to support the construction of the Glenrothes Energy Network.
This funding is part of the Government’s Scottish Energy Strategy - to deliver around 50% of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030.
Following the closure of the Tullis Russell paper mill, RWE has been working closely with Fife Council to identify new customers for the waste heat from the plant and Glenrothes town centre is a perfect candidate.
Reduce consumer energy bills
As the plant supplying heat is located close to the target customers, there will be reduced energy losses, so the project will be able to provide customers with reduced heat tariffs.
Reduce Fife's carbon footprint
The switch to locally produced heat increases the efficiency of the process compared to receiving it from a non-local entity, reducing any carbon emissions incurred by energy transportation.
Meet Scotland's Renewable energy targets
The project will contribute to the new Scottish Government target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 66% by 2032. It will also help place Glenrothes at the centre of Scotland’s drive to become a low carbon economy.