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Low cost/low carbon energy – Gateshead District Energy Scheme

The Gateshead District Energy Scheme is a 5km heat and power network which supplies low-carbon, low cost energy to homes, Council offices, and businesses across Gateshead Town Centre. Completed in early 2018, it is owned by Gateshead Council, and operated by Gateshead Energy Company, which is also wholly owned by the Council.

Whilst a publicly funded and controlled scheme, the Council and Gateshead Energy Company could not have delivered this national award-winning scheme to fruition without the support from a myriad of private companies. WSP ltd developed the scheme initially from concept to outline design and Northern Powergrid supported the scheme, by selling some of its assets to be used by the network, and its sister company, IUS, now maintain the 11kv power network.

We encourage our partners and supporters to share their examples of good practice in tackling the climate emergency, reversing ecological collapse and delivering a just transition. NEECCo does not undertake to quality assure these case studies, and inclusion of a case study on this website does not imply endorsement of the project by NEECCo or by its partners.

Some case studies will feature organisations who are involved in fossil fuel industries, or who are open to challenge on other aspects of their performance in relation to our objectives. NEECCo recognises that if we are to reach our ambitious objectives, all organisations and individuals within the north east will need to adapt their behaviour and actions. We want our case studies to encourage this process. Our commitment to achieving a just transition from a carbon-based economy to a green economy requires us to encourage positive steps wherever they are to be found. 

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