Local energy key to net zero pathway says new analysis

The Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) has called for local energy to be central to the way the UK meets its energy needs, if a zero-carbon energy system is to be achieved.

On Wednesday 3 July, the ADE launched new analysis in response to the government’s recently adopted legally binding 2050 net zero target. It found that energy efficiency measures could cut as much as £400 a year from household energy bills and a further £6bn from business energy bills between now and 2030.

Further findings included that recycling of waste heat through heat networks would play a key role in delivering cleaner, greener cities, heating 1.5mn homes by 2030 and 5mn by 2050, while ultra-low carbon onsite combined heat and power could increase to 15GW.

The analysis also found there is £800mn value to be unlocked to homes and businesses through helping to reduce peak power demand by 5%, with the market for flexibility services from homes and businesses set to grow. It stated that if flexibility levels compare to other leading countries could be achieved, then peak power demand could be cut by up to 15% by energy users.