London to be green power giant
A vision of London powered by a system of green energy centres was outlined this week by deputy mayor Nicky Gavron.
The proposal is part of the third revision to the London Plan, unveiled on Tuesday (19 February), which requires all new buildings to be as energy-efficient as possible and invest in, or link to, the planned decentralised energy systems.
The plan will then require developments to reduce their remaining CO2 emissions by 20% through the on-site generation of renewable energy.
London's first two green energy centres have already been earmarked for development at the 2012 Olympics site in Stratford, E15.
One is also likely to be included in the regeneration of Elephant & Castle, SE1.
Gavron said the Greater London Authority was considering introducing the centres across London to supply power to the capital through a system of carbon-friendly combined heat and power.
She said the GLA was considering a "zonal or neighbourhood approach", building power stations for individual boroughs.
"What we are keen to do in the long term is develop a macro-infraestructure for heat and power supply", said Gavron. "We want the stations to link up, so are looking at how we can use these developments as anchors for neighbourhoods that already exist."
However, business organisation London First claimed that around 170 energy centres would be required to supply just one-quarter of London's energy in the way.
By Helen Roxburgh and Patrick Clift, Estates Gazette 23 February 2008.