Workshop: Developing local area energy planning to facilitate the transition to a net zero future

Published: 19 December 2019

Energy is an essential part of national and local economies. It is required for everything from heating and lighting our homes and offices to transporting our goods and powering our industries. For the UK to decarbonise, significant change will be needed, both to the existing energy networks, as well as building heating systems and fabric. As every local area is unique – buildings, existing energy networks and people all vary between areas – the changes needed to decarbonise will be specific to each area.

Energy Systems Catapult  has pioneered a new whole-systems approach to Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP) to ensure consistent planning across the UK to facilitate the transition to a net zero future, at least cost to the consumer. The Catapult has already trialled its approach to Local Area Energy Planning in three different local areas of the UK – Newcastle, Bury in Greater Manchester, and Bridgend in Wales.

This work has been gaining traction, and notably, a recent Ofgem update to the RIIO2 Business Planning guidance highlights Ofgem’s interest in LAEP as a potential means of enabling a coordinated and standardised planning approach to meet the 2050 decarbonisation targets.

About the workshop

Following Ofgem’s guidance, this workshop will provide an overview to organisations who are interested in supporting the delivery of LAEP. During this workshop we will outline the LAEP methodology and its benefits, and provide a demonstration of typical outputs. The Catapult is also keen to engage with interested organisations in delivery of any future LAEP projects.

Expression of Interest: Please note that this system registration is an expression of interest only and does not guarantee an automatic place at the event – a separate confirmation email will be sent to you if your place has been accepted.

Important notes

  • Attendance is strictly by registration
  • A limit of two attendees per organisation applies

Who should attend?

  • The workshop is targeted at energy and engineering professionals, planners and local authorities.