Lee Valley Regional Park

Park Development Framework

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Energy

Where are we now?

Generating energy

The Lea Valley has a long history of energy production; from using river and tidal power for its mills, through to large scale energy production from coal and gas fired power stations. Today energy production has greatly reduced in the valley, with just a few electricity stations remaining. Current initiatives now focus on generating renewable energy; with a large-scale wind turbine and biomass powered energy centre being constructed at the Olympic Park, and the potential new tidal generation being devised at Three Mills.

Maximising efficient use of energy

The Park does give rise to energy use as a result of the day to day operation and maintenance of facilities and open spaces; from visitors travelling to the Park, and from the various activities of other landowners. Current efforts are being sought to reduce the carbon footprint of our operations; maximising energy efficiency is an inherent part of this effort, as is finding alternative low carbon energy supply.

Distribution Networks

The Park accommodates various elements of National Grid’s high voltage transmission system (including overhead electricity lines, pylons, major sub stations and the new electricity line tunnels that run through the lower Lee Valley). A number of fuel and gas pipelines also pass through the Park; these service major infrastructures such as the Rye House Power Station.

What do we want to achieve?

  • To ensure the future development and management of the Park maximises the efficient use of energy, and contributes to the sustainable local production of energy.
  • To deliver an ongoing and long-term reduction in energy needs for the future development, management and operation of our facilities and open spaces. We will also encourage visitors to the Park to use low energy transport options where possible.
  • By using our own efforts to reduce energy, set an example to other landowners in the Park to encourage them to minimise their own energy use in the Park.
  • To use energy production to meet the needs of our own estate and facilities; to explore opportunities for the production of energy (e.g. electricity or heat) through a range of renewable technologies and across a range of scales.
  • To assess opportunities for other energy production over and above the needs of our estate. In all instances, investment in energy production will only be undertaken where an appropriate business case and cost benefits can be established; and where it can be demonstrated that proposed energy production contributes to the delivery of our other aims, objectives and statutory remit.

How will we deliver?

On our estate

Maximising efficient use of energy

We will

  • Continue to monitor energy use and explore opportunities to increase energy efficiency in our facilities through:
    • Routine energy certificate assessments
    • Reducing or utilising energy loss (primarily through heat loss)
  • Explore opportunities to monitor and reduce energy use through our routine management, maintenance and business operations.
  • Ensure any new development within the Park is designed, developed and operated to the highest standards of energy efficiency.

Generating energy

We will

  • Explore opportunities, issues and implications for energy production on our estate, provided that:
    • It does not compromise other Park functions or values (e.g. biodiversity, recreation, route network, landscape etc).
    • Wherever possible it delivers multiple benefits over and above the identified energy production benefit.
  • Implement energy production measures where viable and appropriate; considering a range of renewable technologies to serve our sites / facilities. These will include:
    • Solar (photovoltaic’s and/or direct heat collection)
    • Wind turbines (small scale)
    • Combined heat and power (utilising Park produced biomass)
    • Water (tidal and/or micro hydro)
    • Ground (and/or water) source heat exchange

Working with others

We will

  • Work with other landowners within the Park to encourage them to explore opportunities to reduce energy use.
  • Assist partners where appropriate to explore opportunities, issues and implications of energy production on our estate provided that such production will:
    • Not compromise other Park functions or values (e.g. biodiversity, recreation, route network, landscape etc).
    • Wherever possible deliver multiple benefits over and above the identified energy production benefit.
    • Be 100% partner funded in relation to both implementation and long term management, except where:
      • Proposals relate entirely our estate or facilities, or.
      • Other benefits associated with the developments warrant our contribution.

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