This afternoon, Helen will lead a debate in Parliament on the potential of geothermal energy in the UK with hopes that investment from the Government can generate huge change for the towns in her constituency.
Helen wants the Government to commit to more investment into using our deepwater sources of hot water to provide heating to our homes. Warm water in old coalmines has been investigated by the Coal Authorities and Durham University.
Helen explained: “There is a lot of potential for the use of geothermal energy available to us that we are not fully utilising.
“The oil and gas industry, which employs more than 38,000 people in the North East, is already struggling because of low oil prices. Developing our geothermal resources will give us enough energy to heat a quarter of UK homes for an entire century. We could generate that energy here, and bring investment and jobs to Bishop Auckland and Spennymoor.
“The environmental benefits are extremely significant too. If the 7 million homes in coalfield areas – which includes a significant amount of North East homes - switched their gas boilers for a heat pump, 11millon tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions could be avoided every year, and we could reduce our carbon footprint drastically.
“I really believe that the Government should exploit this alternative, clean energy source more effectively to give my constituents and the environment a fairer deal.”
Helen’s debate on the potential for geothermal energy resources in the UK will take place in Westminster Hall on Tuesday 19th June at 2:30pm – 4pm. You can watch live on Parliament TV.