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Reference Number NIA_NGN_090
Title Project Futurewave
Status Completed
Energy Categories Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 75%;
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 (Economics and Econometrics) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 25%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 30%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 25%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Other sociological economical and environmental impact of energy) 25%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 September 2014
End Date 01 May 2015
Duration 8 months
Total Grant Value £608,724
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.998%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_NGN_090
Objectives This proposed innovation project is intended enable Networks to understand their role and contribution in localised energy generation and consumption. This initial stage research will: Four main objectives have been identified initially for the project: -1. Provide an understanding of consumer habits, practices, unmet needs and motivations for existing and emerging behaviors. 2. Explore the operational requirements and commercial realities of distributing natural gas in the UK. 3. Provide an insight into the competitive landscape and metrics, dynamics and growth drivers of the gas industry. 4. Set the findings in the GDN’s strategic objectives and operating environment, as well as all relevant assets and capabilities. Clear definition of social energy within 4 rural and 4 urban environments and alignment of these definitions on the project agenda going forward. Development of three concepts into a full solution. Development and presentation of final solution
Abstract Currently, energy customers in the UK have limited options for how they generate, access and consume energy as well as the price they pay. There is also very little scope to flex supply across the energy distribution networks at a local level (i. e. switch off parts of the networks) which in turn makes it difficult to reduce generation capacity and make significant carbon reductions at a national level. Moreover, the cost of energy and access to different sources in rural areas is adding to the issue of fuel poverty. Additionally, concerns around the Energy Trilemma, are relatively unsophisticated when it comes to understanding the energy market - and the potential of gas within it. Any new model must help inform consumers about the value of gas and help place it on the social agenda. The concept of Social Energy is to put greater control of energy generation, consumption and cost into local communities as well as broadening sources of energy available to remote communities. There are a huge range of options and ideas for how this is achieved but, to date, the role and contribution of the gas networks in this has not been fully explored. The GDNs would like to deliver a collaborative piece of research to fully appreciate the problems of making social energy a reality, and the role GDNs should play. To undertake customised qualitative research in order to uncover fresh consumer and category insights that will serve to inform the advancement of an initial all GDN and stakeholder summit to further explore and develop: Consumer habits, practices, unmet needs and motivations for existing and emerging behaviours. Operational requirements and commercial realities of distributing natural gas in the UK. Competitive landscape and metrics, dynamics and growth drivers of the gas industry. Strategic context for the future initiatives supporting options for cogeneration. Our partners will ensure the targeted ethnography for this Exploratory Research is appropriate and the research is focused around asking the right questions in order to generate profound and unique observations and insights. The gas networks wish to research new service models within a sustainable energy mix for several million consumers who are off gas (whether domestic or SME).Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 29/10/18