Local energy planning will be key to minimising the costs of decarbonisation, according to new study commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute. In a series of reports setting out its findings, the Energy Systems Catapult says no single approach to decarbonisation can be applied nationally, with each local area requiring a unique mix of solutions. Drawing on evidence from pilots in Newcastle, Bridgend and Bury, the study concludes that local energy planning conducted on a whole-system basis could limit the impact of decarbonising heat on total system costs to an additional 15 per cent by 2050. Accordingly, the Energy Systems Catapult has designed a planning framework to assist local authorities, energy networks and other stakeholders.
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