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Reference Number NPG_NIA_035
Title Covid Vulnerability
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 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
Northern Powergrid
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 December 2020
End Date 01 June 2021
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £30,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (0.000%)
Web Site https://smarter.energynetworks.org/projects/NPG_NIA_035
Objectives The Supergen Energy Networks Hub, based at Newcastle University/Centre for Energy Systems Integration, with National Energy Action (NEA) will undertake a relatively brief piece of work to survey households to understand the changes in energy and energy network usage resulting from the current C19 event.This comprises of three phases:1.Survey of HouseholdsThis will cover all aspects of home energy and energy services: heating, lighting, cooking, appliances etc. as well as questions to identify fuel poverty risk, ability to achieve affordable warmth, energy-use practices and occupancy, changes to income and financial resilience, and perceived differences in energy costs. The questionnaire will also cover advice and support needs, as well as provision and access.2.Rapid evidence reviewThe survey and interview topic guides (data collection tools) will be informed by a mini rapid evidence review that will examine evidence and insights to date on the impact of COVID19 on vulnerable energy consumers, and the response of government, the energy industry and consumer representative and advice groups (e.g. NEA, fuel poverty research network and Citizens Advice etc.). The review will also include a précis of the current policy landscape relevant to the project, including fuel poverty policies, energy industry and consumer group responses and government policy and regulation3.Analysis, synthesis and reportingNEA will work with Newcastle University and NPG to produce relevant policy and practice facing outputs, key messages and calls to action. The aim being, to help shape and direct action and support to vulnerable energy consumers from as early as winter 2020/21 and going forward. This ability to undertake early intervention is facilitated by the rapid evidence review methodology.The network implications of the findings will also be assessed with a view towards short, medium and long term planning and DSO transition, particularly with respect to vulnerable customers. NEA will provide input and support to the Newcastle University lead in production of the final report and other relevant outputs The scope is confined to domestic customers in areas of relative fuel poverty and deprivation and seeks to assess changes in their energy usage and their behaviour with respect to interactions with the energy system as a result of the current Covid 19 emergency. The objectives of this work are to:Understand the implications of changing patterns of energy demand on vulnerable customers. (ie those in fuel poverty, or at risk of fuel poverty either before, during or (in the future) after the lockdown 19.Further, to understand both how energy demand changes over time during the stages of lockdown and recovery, as well as to understand the underlying reasons for those changes.The implications of these findings for future development of electricity networks, both within the current DNO role and the future DSO role will be identified
Abstract C19 Vulnerability asessment, working with Supergen and National Energy Action.
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Added to Database 02/11/22