Bunhill Heat and Power up for Community Initiative Award

Bunhill Heat and Power is a finalist at this year's Energy Institute Awards which will be presented on Thursday night.

The first council-owned energy scheme, Bunhill was designed and installed by Vital Energi, on behalf of Islington Council, to provide cheaper, greener heat to 700 Islington residents by recycling the heat given off in the production of electricity. It will cut residents' heating bills by around a third and save a substantial 1,600 tonnes of CO2 a year.

It has been short-listed in the Community Initiative category of the awards which recognise excellence and innovation in the energy industry and will be presented on Thursday 14 November at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel in London.

The Community Initiative Award is given to energy companies that have instigated projects for the benefit of the communities in which they work and for communities undertaking their own initiatives to tackle energy issues.

Ian Whitelock, joint managing director of Vital Energi, commented: "We are delighted that Bunhill Heat and Power has been short-listed for this award in recognition of the positive impact it will have on the local community by providing more efficient, cheaper and greener energy than traditional production processes."

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