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 the 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.
Phase 2 evaluated the LEM options identified in Phase 1 in more detail, developing the business case ready for the demonstration project to be developed in Phase 3. South Cornelly was deemed to be an ideal location to test the LEM concept.
Solar panels have been fitted to 9 houses in South Cornelly. In addition, batteries have been installed in 2 houses and Home Energy Managemlent Systems (HEMS) in 6 houses. A Local Energy Operating System (LEOS), managing the energy flows in addition to back office functions has also been defined and will hopefully be tested in the next phase. The project will investigate how electricity produced can potentially be shared with the other members of the Low Carbon Community.
For more information, visit the Low Carbon Communities website: https://www.bridgend.gov.uk/residents/housing/low-carbon-communities/