A three stage process to deliver net ZERO carbon with a vehicle to generate
and re-invest in energy projects
It starts with an understanding of TOTAL PLACE and builds a ROAD MAP that incorporates remunicipalisation of energy to create a coordinated approach that delivers the local authority's net ZERO CARBON ambitions.
STAGE 2 - Business Case Delivery Options
Instead of having a strategy that represents an idealistic set of objectives, Stage 2 is focused on defining the business case behind each of the technologies and projects defined in Stage 1.
Each business case would include :
financial modelling with IRR and payback calculations
CO2 savings which could relate to a project or per residential building
Identifying delivery partners including pubic sector organisations
An opportunity then exists to create a municipal energy vehicle (such as an ESCO) whereby an authority can generate revenue from energy projects, which can then be re-distributed into new energy or community projects.
Road Map to ZERO Carbon
STAGE 1 - Diagnostic Assessment
PART 1 : Baseline Analysis - Where are we?
The starting point is knowing how much CO2 is presently being produced, the impact of carbon reducing measures already in place and the influence of local government policies. This is the baseline from which defined results can be quantified.
PART 2 : CO2 Gap Analysis - How much carbon do we need to save?
Defines how much CO2 is required to be saved (the gap) and which renewable energy technologies represent options with the authority's asset base. Consideration must include an electric grid assessment to determine which technologies can and cannot be connected to the grid.
As there is no 'one fit all solution' , an authority must consider a 'mix and match' approach that :
utilises solutions to match its drivers
supports the levels of CO2 that require to be reduced
develops assets that are available to either save carbon or energy
develops assets available for the generation of renewable energy
only delivers projects that will achieve a financially viable grid connection offer
defines to the DNO the future requirements to upgrade the electrical network
PART 3 : Delivery Options - How do we get there ?
By understanding the CO2 gap target, the carbon savings from each type of technology and which of these technologies have financial viability to be connected to the grid, determines how, when and which projects can be delivered. This then forms the starting point of the delivery of a ZERO carbon agenda.
STAGE 3 - Delivering the Energy Projects
Stage 3 is to deliver the energy projects to achieve the identified carbon savings.
Delivery could be via the private sector, or alternatively could utilise centre of excellence skills within existing local authorities. For example Nottingham City Council have a solar PV delivery team and Robin Hood provide an energy model.
This network will promote public sector delivery models which may include ESCO formation, retrofitting of residential properties, delivery of district heating, air/ground pump projects as examples.