Greenwich Power Station’s green makeover

25 August 2015

From generating power for our Tube network to heating local homes and buildings, find out how Greenwich Power Station will help power London’s low carbon future.

We’ve just announced plans to revamp London’s Greenwich Power Station. The aim is turn this iconic building into a combined heat and power plant. An energy supplier fit for a city of the 21st century.

Working with Transport for London, and the Royal Borough of Greenwich we will install up to six brand new gas engines in the station’s huge Old Turbine Hall, which used to generate power for London’s trams.

As well as being cleaner and quieter, the new engines are up to 90 per cent efficient. They’ll run on natural gas, create no smoke and little in the way of emissions. This will provide a steady source of cheap, low carbon power for London’s Tubes. This will help the network become more self-reliant and less at risk of rising energy prices.

The waste heat meanwhile will be used to supply hot water and heating for nearby schools and homes, reducing utility bills for residents. The six engines have the potential to heat around 20,000 homes. Using low carbon power will also make the air better locally, by lowering boiler nitrogen dioxide emissions.

The new plant at Greenwich is part of our work investing in London’s growing low carbon sector. We want 25 per cent of London’s energy to come from local sources by 2025. This will help protect the capital from future energy crises. To meet this target we’ll encourage more local energy producers.

Read more about how we’re working to cut carbon in London

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