Local authorities' use of coal : Financial, technical and attitudinal factors affecting the selection of coal as a space heating fuel in Local Authorities' non-domestic premises
This research investigates financial, technical and attitudinal
factors affectine the selection of coai as a space heating fuel in
Local Authorities' non-domestic premises.
Financial factors are explored by incorporating statistics of a sample
of The City of Bradford Metropolitan Council's sites into a computer
model that takes into account: the spread of capital costs of
installing coal or other fuels. delivered fuel costs. maintenance and
operating costs. and seasonal boiler efficiencies. The sensitivity of
the mooei to changes in costs. boiler efficiencies. and financial
selection criteria are investigated. Assuming a five year payback
criterion and prices as found at the end of 1966, three percent of the
space-heating ruel use or the Local Authority's premises is found to
be viable for coal. The model is sensitive principally to changes in
capital costs. and the availability of gas if a high cost for oit is
Technical tactors are investigated by describing the properties or
coal ana available comoustion equipment.
Attitudes to the use of coal are researched by interviewing a sample
of otticers and members in six Local Authorities in Yorksnire ana
Humberside. Interviewees were particularly encouraged to describe
their impressions and beliels.
The scope of the study is expanded by the use of a postal survey of
all United Kingdom Local Authorities. A variety or different topics
are considered in the survey. These include the presence and content
of fuel selection policies. the use and cost of fuels. financial
criteria adopted in assessing projects, availability fr as supplies,
and attitudes to the use of coal. The response rate to the
questionnaire was over 40%.
The study concludes with recommendations to The City or Braotora
Metropolitan Council and British Coal.