The planned system, the first of its kind in the UK, will capture excess heat produced in the generation of electricity and use this to supply heat directly to properties through a hot water network for heating and hot water needs. According to the LDA, it has the potential save up to 96,000 tonnes of CO2 a year in the Thames Gateway area.
Barking Power Station currently discards 40 per cent of the energy it produces in the form of excess 400MW of heat, which could supply up to 120,000 residential properties in the Thames Gateway.
On completion of current proposals to expand Barking Power Station, the station could in future provide enough excess heat to supply 150,000 homes, saving 120,000 tonnes of CO2.
A feasibility study identified 37,000 new homes that could be supplied when the project is up and running. The first homes to benefit would be new developments in Barking Riverside, the Royal Docks, Havering Riverside and Barking town centre.
The partnership is working with energy consultancy company Ramboll, which helped set up a similar scheme in Copenhagen, to develop the plan.