Low Carbon Generation
Low Carbon London is a pioneering learning programme. Its aim is to use London as a test
bed to develop a smarter electricity network that can manage the
demands of a low carbon economy and deliver reliable, affordable
zero carbon electricity to businesses, residents and communities.
London has a unique opportunity to be at the heart of this drive
towards a low carbon economy. Currently it has the highest levels
of carbon emissions in the UK, one of the most utilised electricity
networks in the country and a very tough carbon reduction target of
60% on 1990 levels by 2025.
To cut its carbon emissions, London is calling for a big increase in
distributed and micro-generation, electric vehicles, combined cooling
heating and power systems, and heat pumps. Low Carbon London
is about learning how to accommodate these new demands on the
electricity network, while helping customers to make the best use of
national low carbon electricity production.
London’s approach to carbon reduction is likely to be mirrored across
UK, so the knowledge gained in London will help electricity
networks across the country to prepare for a low carbon future.
The outlook for the project over the next reporting period, despite the various challenges, is very positive. The addition of a second energy supplier to the project provides an increased available pool of residential and potentially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), commercial trial participants, whilst developing links with various industry organisations.
Low Carbon London will develop a new approach to distribution network management to meet growing demand from emerging low carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles, heat pumps and distributed generation. It will focus on carbon reduction targets and the need to reduce dependency on conventional reinforcement.