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Local Energy Markets

As part of its decarbonisation programme, Bridgend County Borough Council launched a Whole Systems Business Research Innovation for Decarbonisation (WBRID) competition to identify potential demonstration projects to test a Local Energy Market (LEM) in Bridgend and to understand how it could operate within current market rules. Challoch is working closely with BCBC to develop such a Local Energy Market (LEM) demonstration project within the County Borough.

Phase 1 delivered a scoping study of potential LEMs, covering issues that influence their development, concluding that Bridgend County Borough’s natural resources make it an ideal location for developing a range of LEM projects.
Six LEM options in a range of locations and using a variety of different technologies, were identified. Technologies included solar PV, wind, battery storage, private wire connections, green hydrogen, tidal power and sleeving potential.
Phase 2 evaluated three of the original six LEM options in more detail, developing the business case ready for the demonstration project to be developed in Phase 3.