The Cost Reflective Pricing project investigated whether or not the fixed charges on energy bills – for network, environmental and social costs – are efficiently distributed between the standing charge and unit (per kWh) price of electricity and gas tariffs. The arrangement of fixed and volumetric charges within electricity and gas tariffs, may inadvertently distort market behaviour towards favouring investment in decentralised generation technologies, like solar PV and diesel, over demand technologies like heat pumps.
Pioneered by Energy Systems Catapult, a new whole system approach to Local Area Energy Planning has been piloted in three different local areas of the UK – Newcastle, Bury in Greater Manchester and Bridgend in Wales.
As part of the Energy System Integration Guides project, the Catapult carried out a feasibility study to investigate how the public sector estate could help stimulate the market for integrated energy solutions using campus scale sites (e.g. hospitals, prisons).
London-based technology start-up – AirEx – believe they have a solution to the draughts and damp caused by traditional house airbricks – a smart ventilation control. Energy Systems Catapult is helping accelerate the innovation to market through its Living Lab.
In a first of its kind to be held in Britain, Energy Systems Catapult ran a Fair Futures Bootcamp to better understand how innovation can have a real impact on fuel poverty in the UK – and along the way developed a free online tool, Lets Beta Fuel Poverty, which ‘scores’ innovations.