MSP calls on councils to invest in geothermal

An SNP MSP is calling on local authorities in Scotland to explore the use of geothermal energy to heat homes.

Chic Brodie, SNP MSP for South of Scotland and member of the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, made the call after a British Geological Survey highlighted the significant reductions these schemes can bring to household bills and CO2 emissions.

Water lying in unused mines and other reservoirs beneath the surface can be used to heat water in homes using ground source heat pumps.

Efficient pumps can use mine water of just 15-20 degrees to heat water in homes to above 60 degrees, easily hot enough for bathing or heating a home.

Commenting, Mr Brodie said:

"Geothermal heat is an excellent way of taking advantage of the very many disused mines around Scotland.

"As consumers face huge increases in their energy bills annually, and fuel poverty becoming an ever greater problem, geothermal heat is one way we can seek to alleviate this.

"That is why I'm calling on councils across Scotland to investigate how to use this technology successfully and in doing so cut down carbon emissions and save on energy bills.

“Deep geothermal energy may represent a substantial and almost entirely untapped resource in Scotland and I look forward to seeing the results of the Scottish Government’s research into our country’s geothermal potential due to be published in spring 2013.

"Advances in technology mean that geothermal energy is more efficient than ever, and encouraging this could mean significant reductions to consumer bills and C02 emissions.

“The more heat we draw from the ground, the more progress we can make towards Scotland’s ambitious green targets."