Findings from Element Energy electricity network models publishedFebruary 3, 2015
The Low Carbon London learning report on Networks Impacts of Energy Efficiency at Scale produced by Element Energy for UK Power Networks and Ofgem has now been published.
Low Carbon London is a £28m, four year project to investigate the impact of various low carbon technologies on London’s electricity distribution network, funded by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund. Element Energy supported this study with a high resolution approach for evaluating the network impacts resulting from a range of domestic lighting and appliance energy efficiency improvements both at the household level and at scale for various future scenarios. This approach makes use of the comprehensive new smart meter and appliance ownership data collected in the Low Carbon London project along with the latest data on appliance sales trends, efficiency performance and applicable legislation.
The potential energy efficiency savings quantified are specific to various household types and can be applied to any geographic region within Great Britain, allowing Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to apply the findings and methodology in this report to their specific networks.
Element Energy’s approach allowed accurate modelling of potential lighting and appliance energy efficiency savings and revealed that significant reductions in demand are possible with appropriate policy support. This type of approach allows DNOs to assess the scope for future load reductions and hence potential network reinforcement deferral.
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