In common with many developed countries, the UK’s long-term ambition is to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and meet legally-binding carbon reduction targets by increasing energy generation from renewables. Understanding the role of microgeneration involves tackling various challenging questions:
- What contribution can distributed renewables make to meeting energy demands and reducing CO2 emissions?
- How do the economics of renewable energy generation compare to conventional power sources, and what changes can be expected in the future?
- What are the most effective means of supporting new technologies so as to overcome technical, economic and practical barriers?
Element Energy has had extensive and continued involvement in the microgeneration sector since the company was founded. It is now a leading strategic consultancy with unparalleled experience of addressing such questions.
We draw upon internal databases of technology cost and performance projections to evaluate alternative policy options. These projections are regularly updated through industry peer reviews and our understanding of investor behaviour. We often use Geographic Information System-based approaches to find the technical and constrained potential of renewables at various levels of spatial resolution.
We can provide software toolkits, with initial training and on-going support, for clients to perform their own analyses; an approach employed when we assisted DECC in designing the Feed-in Tariff for Great Britain.
Our unique understanding of all aspects of the microgeneration sector makes us the first choice, for strategic studies, of national government, local authorities, regional agencies, technology suppliers and end consumers.