Who We Are
In 2002 Aberdeen City Council created ‘Aberdeen Heat & Power’, a not-for-profit independent Company, to develop Combined Heat and Power schemes for the city. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is a system whereby electricity is generated locally for sale and the heat emitted by the generator is captured and used to heat properties instead of being released to atmosphere.
Aberdeen City Council has 4,500 flats in 59 multi storey blocks spread across the city. In 1999 these blocks were surveyed and were found to have very low energy ratings and consequently classed as difficult and expensive to heat. Many tenants were living in ‘fuel poverty’ conditions in under heated properties. A study of all 59 blocks was commissioned with the following objectives –
- Investigating the possibility of affordable heating
- Affordable for tenants
- Reduction in C02 emissions
- Sustainable energy
- Affordable for Aberdeen City
The initial focus was on a cluster of 288 flats in 4 multi storey blocks at Stockethill. All the flats had electric storage heating. It was estimated that energy ratings could be substantially improved, CO2 emissions reduced by 40% and most importantly, the tenants could have warm homes for approximately half of the previous cost. The total cost of the scheme was £1.6 million of which £730,000 was provided by the Community Energy Programme.
Tenants and local residents were consulted at every stage. Their input was, and is, vital to the success of CHP projects.
- Company incorporated 2002
- Stockethill Project 2003 – 2005
- Hazlehead Project 2005 – 2006
- Seaton Project 2007 – 2008
- Stand alone blocks 2009 – 2010
- Seaton Extension 2011 – 2012
- City Centre link 2012 – 2013
- Subsidiary Company 2013
- Tillydrone / Cairncry Projects 2013 – 2015
- Global District Energy Climate Award 2013
- VIBES Environmental Product or Service award 2015