As part of the Smart Systems and Heat phase 1 programme, Energy Systems Catapult has developed a Local Area Energy Strategy for Bridgend County Borough Council.
Bridgend is one of three areas including Newcastle and Bury in Greater Manchester participating in the pilot project being delivered by the Catapult and funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI).
This strategy recognises that both Wales and the UK have made major carbon emission reduction commitments and provides a means for Bridgend to lead its own low carbon transition.
- The initial focus is on decarbonising domestic heating, which is a major contributor to the borough’s carbon emissions. This recognises that different homes in different locations have several possible future energy network and low carbon heating options which need to be considered and there is no one size fits all solution;
- Focused on planning for the long-term, with major energy system change anticipated to roll out from 2030, the strategy should be revisited when substantial changes in energy technology, policy or market warrant, as well as when the approaches for decarbonising heat in all of Bridgend’s non-domestic buildings, along with emissions from transportation and land use, are developed;
- The development of this Strategy has been informed by modelling the local energy system using EnergyPath Networks, a local whole energy system design and planning analysis framework. Used by the Local Energy System Modelling team within the Catapult to investigate potential decarbonisation pathways for energy supply and demand and compare the cost effectiveness of different routes to reduce the borough’s carbon emissions by 2050;
- The EnergyPath Networks analysis cam up with three potential pathways for the decarbonisation of Bridgend’s energy system, including: (1) Business-as-Usual, (2) A World Without Green Gas, and (3) A World with Green Gas.