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Reference Number NIA_SGN0094
Title Energy Map and Plan
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Energy system analysis) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Economics and Econometrics) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2016
End Date 01 November 2016
Duration 8 months
Total Grant Value £193,314
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region South East
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , SGN (99.996%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , National Grid Gas Transmission (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , Cadent Gas (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SGN0094
Objectives The objectives of the project are to: Gather information and complete a review of existing scenarios, with work and relevant analysis available to identify key themes;Consider the geographic and regional nuances of a future gas network in a 2050 world and set out plausible pathways;Consider the benefits of maintaining a whole energy system, which includes gas in a 2050 world from the following perspectives: EconomicSocietalConsumer - domestic and industrialTechnologicalEnvironmentalConsider the long term domestic, industrial and commercial annual and peak demand and supply heat, cooking and power requirements from published scenarios; andExplore the potential evolution of the gas network to achieve reductions in carbon and other emissions;Examine alternatives to the existing assumptions on how emissions targets are split between heat, transport and other sectors for the UK so that policy makers can make more informed decisions for the long term future;Provide evidence on the appropriate balance and roles for the gas network out to 2050 and its interactions with other energy vectors. Work with the Network Licensees to provide linkage with existing innovative projects to create a joined-up result. The success criteria for the project are: Production of a document which clearly articulates a fair reflection of gas and gas transportation in the future of the UK energy network. Provide a robust basis for discussion with government, regulators and customers about the importance of gas. Pictorially represent the distribution of gas and gas networks under the different scenarios in order to facilitate understanding of the potential future development of the energy infrastructure in the UK and the role of gas within that.
Abstract By 2050, the Great Britain (GB) energy system will be very different from today. The impact of decarbonisation targets, decentralisation, technology innovation/economies, and supply/demand changes are very uncertain and their long-term interactions only partially understood. The energy mix for electricity, heating and transport is likely to change significantly, and be more closely interlinked. There is a gap in the existing literature between the high-level publications which rarely treat gas and heat options in a nuanced way and the detailed heat studies which do not capture the trade-offs with other decarbonisation routes. This project aims to complete a holistic study that clearly articulates the net benefits to UK consumers and the UK economy of retaining the use of gas networks within the energy infrastructure mix. To achieve its objectives this project will include the generation of a set of scenarios describing the possible development of the state of the UK energy industry in the future. Each scenario will be based on a different set of plausible assumptions about coming changes in the industry. The choice of scenarios that will be considered is made by considering the factors that will affect energy production in the future. Intensive testing of the scenarios will be conducted in partnership with academic advisors. This will focus on quantitative and qualitative analysis of drivers and conditions for the development of alternative futures and estimating cost-benefit case. This will include electricity, gas, heat and transport sector analysis.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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