Partners within Greater Manchester have begun work on Greater Manchester Local Energy Market (GMLEM), an ambitious plan to revolutionise energy networks across the city-region, supporting a lower carbon future and aiding the city region’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038.
The local energy market (LEM) project will see Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs draw up plans to increase energy efficiency and pave the way for new technologies and low-carbon infrastructure in the future.
The project will outline the integration of energy system activities at a local scale including generation, distribution, storage, energy efficiency and storage. At the heart of the project is an emphasis on local energy masterplanning and the development of a local flexibility platform for the city region.
The two-year project is funded by a £3m grant from the Industrial Strategy Challenge fund, delivered by UK Research and Innovation, and is running from July 2020 to June 2022. The project is led by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and partners in the project are Electricity North West; Cadent; Hitachi Europe; Bruntwood; Ovo Energy; Daikin Europe; Northwards Housing; Regen SW; Cornwall Insights; Graham Oakes Consulting and Carbon Co-op.
Our role in the project is to facilitate end use engagement – the means involving householders and commercial tenants in better understanding the technologies involved and helping them participate in project decision making and developing plans for the future.