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Reference Number ENA_10061358
Title Guidelight
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 25%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Environmental, social and economic impacts) 25%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 65%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2023
End Date 01 July 2023
Duration 3 months
Total Grant Value £140,720
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/10061358
Abstract "The project addresses Challenge 1 Supporting a Just Transition by working with low-income households and those in vulnerable circumstances to ensure they are not left behind in the energy transition, as well as UK Power Networks RIIO-ED2 commitments to better identify and support financially vulnerable consumers. It will result in energy network innovation associated with:The connections process and how DNOs could use this to improve asset performance and widen consumer participation; andThe development of mechanisms to identify poor Low Carbon Technology (LCT) performance that risk financial penalties to households and dis-benefits to the network.The partners bring the following experience:UK Power Networks has delivered multiple initiatives to better identify, understand, and support consumers in vulnerable circumstances, and recently made the strategic decision to locate the Consumer Vulnerability team within the innovation function, to drive more innovative projects.The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) supports low-income households with their energy needs and low carbon retrofit; and delivers digital innovation tools to help consumers engage with the energy market.The Sustainable Energy Research Groups (University of Southampton) work uses integrated engineering and social research approaches to unravel the socio-technical factors affecting home energy system outcomes.Sedgemoor District Council has set-up Somerset Independent Plus, a vehicle to accelerate housing improvements and has delivered programmes installing LCTs for low-income and fuel-poor residents.Portsmouth City Council has some of the highest rates of fuel poverty in the South of England. Their own monitoring suggests that some LCT installations achieve sub-optimal performance, potentially increasing both network load and customer/council energy costs.Hackney Council is an inner-city borough seeking innovate solutions for smart local energy including a local Green Homes Programme and Community Energy Fund.The project meets potential user needs as follows:DNOs could develop innovative solutions/propositions to identify and reduce the performance gap for grant-funded LCTs, enabling delivery of energy demand reduction and demand flexibility solutions.Suppliers, aggregators and tech providers will have insight into how the socio-technical performance gap affects customer uptake and use, enabling development of new consumer offerings.LAs/housing providers will achieve more effective use of grants guiding householders towards smarter energy use, reducing bills.Low-income and vulnerable customers will gain better access to the different LCTs available, insight into their smart capabilities, understand how to effectively use assets, increase comfort and reduce energy bills. They will see better availability of smart products that help them optimise their LCTs."
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Added to Database 01/11/23