By bringing together electricity and gas members, along with stakeholders such as local authorities, Open Networks is the first industry project to consider how electricity and gas networks can work more efficiently.
Developing a more efficient approach by considering how electricity and gas networks can work together better
The way we all think about and use our energy is changing, as we reduce our carbon emissions to help tackle climate change. By considering whole energy systems, we are looking to save consumers money by using the most efficient and cost-effective energy for network needs.
This means developing a range of options for clean energy in all its various uses (including electricity, transport and gas) and fitting them together in the best combinations to deliver value for business and consumers, as well as keeping the energy flowing. This is known as a whole energy system approach.
As Britain looks ahead to the 2050 net zero emissions target (2045 in Scotland), considering efficiencies in the whole system will help us to achieve to ensure that the best decisions are made for the public and the environment.
Things we're doing this year
The project team has identified three key areas for development:
- Whole Systems Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)
- Investment Planning
- Coordinated Gathering Regional Data