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Reference Number NIA2_NGESO026
Title Consumer Building Blocks
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 30%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 30%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Hydrogen, Other infrastructure and systems R&D) 30%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
National Grid plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 November 2022
End Date 31 July 2023
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £300,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , National Grid plc (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , National Grid Electricity Transmission (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN - Scotland (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN - Southern England (0.001%)
Project Contact , SPEN - SP Transmission Plc (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , National Grid plc (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NIA2_NGESO026
Objectives "This project brings together an experienced team of subject matter experts from the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) and Element Energy, with significant experience in consumer analysis. They will work in close collaboration to develop a set of archetypes covering gas, electricity and hydrogen to benefit the further development of future energy scenarios across the whole system, including transmission and distribution. They will be developed in consultation with stakeholders across the industry to support their adoption. A breakdown of the work packages is listed below: WP0: Project coordination & stakeholder liaison (lead CSE) Aim: work in partnership with NG ESO to ensure a coordinated approach to stakeholder engagement and delivery of outputs. The stakeholder engagement is key to ensuring the successful delivery of the project allowing the scope to be managed and the engagement aligned with other NG ESO programmes. The stakeholders will be grouped in relation to their use of the Future Energy Scenarios (FES) (e.g., architects, primary users, secondary users) and will include transmission owners and Networks across gas and electricity as well as suppliers. Each engagement activity will have clearly defined objectives and will be targeted for the appropriate groups. The engagement will be led by the ESO to ensure integration with existing FES stakeholder engagement activities and other stakeholder engagement processes being run simultaneously by the ESO for different programmes. This requires close co-ordination between the ESO project lead, CSE and Element Energy teams. WP0 Outputs Monthly consortium meetings Quarterly external project updates for stakeholders WP1: Scoping (lead CSE) Aim: to scope relevant existing work, identify key users, use-cases and modelling into which the archetypes will need to integrate – and use this to identify relevant dimensions on which to define archetypes. The scoping work helps to futureproof the archetypes by engaging future users in determining current and planned uses of the archetypes, as well as feeding their insights into the characterisation of how the energy system is expected to change. The social and system change characterisation produced in WP1.3 will provide a clear summary of the current assumptions and how these have been integrated into the archetypes trajectories. This provides a way to update the archetypes trajectories in the future when opinions and behaviours change. WP1 Outputs Review of existing archetypes research and segmentation methods to inform stakeholder engagement strategy and WP2 data curation & WP3 archetype development Documented user needs System and social change characterisation (with stakeholder support)Technical specification for archetypes formatOutline of potential changes to FES (reflecting discussions with ESO) WP2: Data analysis & curation Aim: Review suitability of existing datasets, identify and, where possible, address gaps to create robust datasets as inputs to segmentation. Obtain stakeholder input to dataset curation/creation. WP2 Outputs Domestic consumer archetype input datasetsI&C archetype input datasets WP3: Segmentation & Archetype development Aim: Develop robust segmentation methods, archetypes and archetype change trajectories that integrate into current FES modelling. Develop the archetypes in dialogue with stakeholders. Test the archetypes rigorously with ESO teams and relevant stakeholders that cover both domestic and I&C sectors. Liaise with teams running relevant projects (e.g., CrowdFlex). WP3 Outputs I&C archetype technical specification & descriptions (review version)Domestic archetype technical specification & descriptions (review version)Stakeholder workshopsESO workshops WP4: Outputs, User Guidance & training Aim: Sign off final versions of all outputs, produce a guidance manual to accompany the release of the archetypes dataset and provide training and support to the ESO, network company teams and other potential users (including how the archetypes should – and shouldnt – be used) and enable them to explain the archetypes to their own wider stakeholders. WP4 Outputs I&C Archetype descriptions (final version)I&C Archetype datasetsProject report & presentation (I&C focus)User Guidance manual & trainingScoping document on future FES directions reflecting on project outputs and stakeholder engagement outcomesDomestic Archetype descriptions (final version)Domestic consumer archetype datasetProject report & presentation (Domestic focus)User Guidance manual & training for ESO, networks & other potential users In line with the ENAs ENIP document, the risk rating is scored Low. TRL Steps = 1 (2 TRL steps) Cost = 1 (£300k) Suppliers = 1 (2 supplier) Data Assumptions = 2 Total = 5 (Low) " The project will last approximately nine months with two project partners. CSE will develop archetypes for the domestic sector, while Element Energy will develop archetypes for the I&C sector. This division of labour fits well with the expertise and experience of both organisations. "This project is split across multiple working packages, with an initial scoping phase followed by data analysis and archetype development. The objectives are as follows: Create two distinct sets of consumer archetypes for the domestic and non-domestic sectors to be used in modelling future energy scenarios on the GB energy system. This will include the raw data as well as archetypes descriptions.Create a written report which documents the methodologies, how the archetypes can be applied and how they can be updated for the future. Provide a user guidance manual and training for the ESO, networks and other potential users. "
Abstract Consumers are critical to meeting net zero and are a fundamental part of the transition,not only as part of the energy picture but as part of their everyday lives and the running of their businesses. However, much of the consumer insight we have is from projects with early adopters. We can use these to base some of our assumptions, but we can make this more accurate and informed if we can capture a wider consumer base. This project will look to develop a set of archetypes covering gas, electricity and hydrogen to benefit the further development of future energy scenarios across the whole system; gas, electricity and hydrogen, transmission and distribution. They will be developed in consultation with stakeholders across the industry to support their adoption.
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Added to Database 01/11/23