Last edited 10 Dec 2020

National heat map

The National Heat Map was commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and created by The Centre for Sustainable Energy.

The map is intended to support local low-carbon energy projects in England by providing high-resolution web-based maps of heat demand. This helps identify locations where heat distribution is most likely to be beneficial and economic. It is intended to be used as a tool for prioritising locations suitable for more detailed investigation rather than a tool for designing heat networks.

At high zoom levels the map is sufficiently detailed to allow users to identify individual buildings and groups of buildings which could benefit from heat distribution installations. However, as it is based on published sub-national energy consumption statistics rather than meter readings, once a location has been identified as having potential, it is necessary to obtain directly metered data.

In addition, point locations for combined heat and power (CHP) and power stations were mapped along with local authority and regional boundaries.

NB On 11 August 2014, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published a high-level water source heat map for England. The map is intended to highlight opportunities for using water source heat pump technology for district heating networks. DECC suggest that they will publish a more detailed water source heat map in the winter as part of the National Heat Map.

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