Energy consultancy Baringa Partners were appointed to design and develop a software modelling tool to be used in the planning of cost-effective local energy systems. This software is called EnergyPath and will evolve to include a number of additional packages to inform planning, consumer insights and business metrics. Element Energy, Hitachi and University College London have worked with Baringa to develop the software with input from a range of local authorities, Western Power Distribution and Ramboll. EnergyPath will complement ETI’s national strategic energy system tool ESME which links heat, power, transport and the infrastructure that connects them. EnergyPath is a registered trade mark of the Energy Technologies Institute LLP.
Local Area Energy Planning is seen by the ETI and ESC as central to achieving national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and unlockthe infrastructure investment needed to decarbonise heat.
More effective local area planning supported by objective, technology agnostic evidence can support transition in a way that enables local communities to realise the benefits and understand the costs of decarbonisation. This document supports this objective by exploring existing best practice and opportunities by way of a number of case studies.