Pioneering energy centre will bring reduced power bills to Athletes' Village and Emirates Arena

Glasgow City Council's Executive Committee today (13 December) approved the connection of the Energy Centre at the Athletes' Village to the Emirates Arena.

Athletes' Village under construction

This will mean reduced heating bills at both the Emirates Arena and the 700 homes and the care home for the elderly at the Athletes' Village.

Councillors also approved capital funding of £3.67million over the next four years to enable the connection to be made and to support the establishment of a long-term energy performance, maintenance and operating contract.

The Athletes' Village Energy Centre distributes heat in the form of hot water to the 700 homes and care home, with the water heated by a Combined Heat & Power (CHP) engine and three boilers.

Connecting the Energy Centre to the Emirates Arena will not only mean reduced energy costs at the arena, but its efficiency will be maximised across the whole system through the newly-opened sporting facility acting as an anchor load.

Viti Energy, a specialist sub-contractor working for City Legacy, the consortium building the Athletes' Village in partnership with Glasgow City Council, is building the Energy Centre.

The Athletes' Village will see a reduction in carbon emissions of around 60% through its use of the district heating network, a first in Scotland for a development of this size (around 38 hectares in the first phase).

Bailie Liz Cameron, Executive Member for Jobs and the Economy, said: "The Energy Centre at the Athletes' Village shows the way forward for sustainable living in Glasgow, with reduced carbon emissions and lower heating bills making this new neighbourhood something for other developments to aspire to. The connection to the Emirates Arena will make the system even more efficient. This is another example of the preparations for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games leaving us a legacy, in this case making Glasgow a greener city."

The Athletes' Village will be home to more than 4,500 athletes and officials during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and will afterwards become a new neighbourhood for the city.