Councillors endorse five year plan for energy company

Councillors have endorsed an updated five-year business plan for Midlothian Energy Limited (MEL), a joint venture between the council and Vattenfall Heat UK (part of Swedish energy company Vattenfall AB). 

Providing low-carbon heating

The plan to develop projects valued at £22 million, includes MEL’s flagship initiative to supply low-carbon heat to over 10,000 households, education and retail properties in the new town of Shawfair. 

First homes heated next year

This initial supply of heat, which is expected to be delivered to homes by March 2024, will be the catalyst for a wider regional network stretching into south Edinburgh and East Lothian. 

Plans for Bioquarter

At the full Council meeting this week, councillors heard the council is working closely with the City of Edinburgh Council and other public authorities with a view to providing heat to the Bioquarter area and south of Edinburgh. 

Local zones in the county

MEL will also be working with the council’s Local Heat and Energy Efficiency Team to identify heat network opportunity zones in Midlothian.

Turning mine water into heat

Other energy projects in the plan include exploring retrofitting energy efficiency measures in non-domestic council buildings and opportunities to turn mine water into heat. 

Working with communities

MEL has also just launched a package of community education benefits.

21 Dec 2023