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Whole energy systems

The way we all think about and use our energy is changing, as we reduce our carbon emissions to help tackle climate change.

ENA Whole energy systems

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

We are continuing to deliver benefits for consumers by realising more cost-effective network investment and operation across gas and electricity networks.  The project has identified four key areas for development, one of which will continue from 2021:

  • Further developing the Whole system Cost Benefit Analysis (WS CBA) tool based on stakeholder feedback and clarifying the interactions between CEM (WS1A P1) and WS CBA
  • Implementing a whole system optioneering service for Local Authorities to inform local development plans
  • Shaping Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP) by co-ordinating input from gas and electricity networks into Ofgem, BEIS and Energy Systems Catapult initiatives in the development of frameworks and tools
  • Monitoring innovation projects relevant to Whole Systems, from across the industry to collate and disseminate outputs and learnings

More information on these areas and their progress can be found in the Resource library.

ON20-WS4-P1 Whole Energy Systems (Elec-Gas) Cost Benefit Analysis - Model

Full model for the Whole Energy Systems Cost Benefit Analysis tool, used to determine whether a solution on the network is the best choice.

Resource type: Agenda  File type: Zip file   File size: 4.8 MB

ON20-WS4-P1 Whole Energy System (Elec-Gas) Cost Benefit Analysis - User Guide

Full user guide for the Whole Energy Systems Cost Benefit Analysis tool.

Resource type: Agenda  File type: PDF   File size: 1.0 MB

ON21-WS4-P5 Developing a common approach to Local Area Energy Planning (28 Oct 2021)

Overview of the work carried out under Open Networks in 2021 on Local Area Energy Planning, and next steps in collaboration with industry members such…

Resource type: Report  File type: PDF   File size: 219.4 KB

ON20-WS4-P4 Investment Planning Final Report

Final report on 2020 outputs from work on Whole System Investment Planning.

Resource type: Agenda  File type: PDF   File size: 626.7 KB