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Reference Number NIA_UKPN0051
Title Firefly
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Models) 10%;
Energy Efficiency(Industry) 80%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy Economics) 10%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 60%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
UK Power Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 June 2019
End Date 01 June 2020
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £99,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region London
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
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/NIA_UKPN0051
Objectives Firefly aims to understand the viability of a DNO-led approach to energy efficiency as alterative to network reinforcement. It will inform DNOs and Ofgem on any changes to the regulatory framework which would be required to implement the solution if successful.This will be carried out in two phases: phase 1 (the Firefly project) will focus on feasibility and benefits definition, while phase 2 will focus on trialling the new process identified in phase 1. The latter will be carried out with a partner organisation that will be responsible for the delivery of the trials.Firefly will only carry out phase 1. Subject to success in phase 1, phase 2 will then be applied for under a separate demonstration project. This project aims to understand how the energy efficiency delivery process works in other countries. To inform the DNO role, the model costs and benefits will be based on GB customer and network data. The scope will utilise developments made in other countries, particularly those within North America, to identify the potential for energy efficiency to lead to alternatives to traditional network reinforcement.The main activities of Firefly (Phase 1) are summarised below: Identification of DNOs potential role(s) in energy efficiency by studying other countries where this is successfully in place; Definition of types of energy efficiency available and applicable to GB and likely benefits of each. The results will be input into a model; Study of load profiles at primary and grid sites to identify source of loads and likely benefits of energy efficiency measures in model; Model to identify areas of greatest benefit and likely cost of implementation; Bi-Lateral discussions with regulator to gain feedback on DNOs potential role in delivering energy efficiency and trial approach; Identification of potential partner organisations for phase 2; Review of existing GB regulatory framework to inform DNOs and Ofgem on any changes to the regulatory framework which would be required to implement the solution if successful. Risk assessment of the proposed solution against possible future regulatory arrangements. Phase 2: Trials of the project DNO-led energy efficiency delivery process (future project). This phase will be carried out with partner organisation(s) identified for the delivery phase. The objective of the project is to identify a method and assess the benefits of a DNO-led rollout of energy efficiency measures by looking at two primary or secondary grid substations which would be considered in phase 2. This will be documented in a report which would summarise the key findings, outline next steps and discuss potential regulatory changes to existing framework. The latter will serve as a basis for discussion with Ofgem.
Abstract Energy Efficiency is used in other countries to defer the need for capital investment to reinforce the network.Individual energy efficiency measures or a combination of them have been previously investigated in GB to understand the potential network benefits associated with customers behavioural change. However, a holistic approach looking at DNO led energy efficiency as alternative to network reinforcement has not been trialled in GB. If successful, this may lead to significant customer savings.
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Added to Database 14/12/22