||Bridgend County Borough Council has been working with a group of stakeholders consisting of Welsh Government, Western Power Distribution, Wales and West Utilities and the Energy Systems Catapult, to pilot an advanced whole system approach to local area energy planning. Bridgend is one of three areas including Newcastle and Bury in Greater Manchester participating in the pilot project as part of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Smart Systems and Heat (SSH) Programme.
Arup was commissioned to undertake a high-level desktop screening of the potential constraints not considered by the Energy Path Networks (EPN) tool on ten specific low carbon, domestic pathways in different clusters in the Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC). These constraints were analysed for different clusters and each pathway was assessed for feasibility of domestic connection. The technologies considered were district heating, low temperature air source heat pumps (LT ASHP), hybrid heat pumps and biomass boilers. Each pathway was allocated a risk rating based on the constraints found for the implementation of these technologies at a domestic level