The University of Leicester has said it wants to build two combined heat and power plants which would provide electricity for its campus. These would be fed with high-energy pellets made of recycled waste or wood to produce steam that would run a turbine and create electricity. The energy produced by wind turbines could also fed into the system. These energy hubs could be used as key parts of a network to pipe power to buildings across city of Leicester.
The cost of the scheme, believed to be more than £40 million, could be financed either by Leicester City Council, borrowing the money, or by a public-private partnership.