To allow GB to efficiently achieve its low carbon ambitions, a holistic whole system approach is required involving key external stakeholders as well as other energy vectors such as gas. There is a wider awareness of the climate emergency, which has resulted in national, regional and local government bodies beginning to set strict targets to reduce to net zero greenhouse gas emissions to net zero. Many of these targets rely on electrification of heat and transport. Individual local authorities are beginning to create their own strategies for low carbon technologies, e.g. electric vehicles and heat, as well as detailed local energy strategies. This project is a partnership to help explore the range of whole system growth scenarios to both achieve net zero whilst facilitating the economic development plans of the local area.
This project will develop a methodology to improve coordination between local energy planning and network development, enabling the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to engage with local authorities in a structured way. As part of that methodology the project will refine the initial model tool developed in the first stage of the NIA project to produce a local energy network model which will allow stakeholder information to be easily incorporated into network planning and for stakeholders to better understand the network implications of their decisions.
January 2020 – June 2023