EnergyPath Networks

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Undertaken by Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) and the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).

EnergyPath Networks is part of the Smart Systems and Heat programme (SSH), which the ESC is delivering on behalf of the ETI. From 2017 the Catapult has assumed responsibility for delivery of phase 2 of the programme independently of the ETI.

The development of local area energy plans will play a vital role in identifying and developing cost-effective low-carbon energy systems to meet future energy demand and support carbon reduction objectives.

In line with this, Newcastle City Council has set out proposals to power the city with 100% clean energy by 2050 and has been working closely with the Energy Systems Catapult to move towards this goal. Using the ETI’s EnergyPath Networks modelling framework, we are working with local stakeholders in Newcastle to develop a local energy system model of the city to 2050, arming them with information on what infrastructure they need to build, where and when, to meet their 100% clean energy target.

Progress

We have completed modelling analysis of Newcastle’s energy system and defined a series of potential future pathways to support its carbon reduction ambition – a major milestone. The EnergyPath analysis found that due to local constraints within the city, such as space and noise limitations, a range of low-carbon solutions were required in differing locations.

What happens next?

We will work with Newcastle City Council, gas and electricity network operators, and academia to validate the EnergyPath Networks modelling analysis and to work out how we can deliver any near-term project opportunities identified. We are also using the EnergyPath modelling framework to work with Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Bridgend County Borough Council.