Emissions from district heating system in Aviemore

Joseph A Kirby made this Environmental Information Regulations request to Albyn Housing Society Limited

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Dear Albyn Housing Society Ltd,

I request the a break down of the emissions relevant to the district heating system in Aviemore. If you could please include the last three years please and show in any breakdown the periods which the plant has not emitted anything

Yours faithfully,

Joe Kirby

Yvonne Simpson, Albyn Housing Society Limited

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The operation of our biomass plant in Aviemore is such that we have a wood
chip boiler as the main source of operating the system, but,  we also have
an oil boiler which will kick in if at any point our wood chip boiler
fails to work or at times where there is a particularly high demand on the


Over the last 2 year period there have been 2 failures that would have
been noticed by our customers as neither the wood chip nor oil boiler were
operating (the 2^nd of these was just over a week ago).  Any other
breakdowns of the wood chip boiler would have been covered by the oil
boiler and therefore customers would have been unaware.


We have had an annual shutdown for servicing of the boilers which has been
carried out in September of each year and would have meant our customers
were not receiving heat from our biomass system for approximately 24
hours.  Where our customers have been without heat or hot water and have
had to use their electric immersions/heaters for 24 hours or longer they
have been reimbursed the additional costs of using their electric.


We do not record information regarding emissions.


I trust I have answered your queries satisfactorily.  Don’t hesitate to
contact me if you require any further information.



Yvonne Simpson
Asset & Investment Officer

Albyn Housing Society Ltd
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