17 Feb 2010 03:02:05
Homes in Manchester to form low carbon micro-grid
Homes in Manchester could become part of one of the largest renewable energy projects in the UK, following the announcement of plans for a micro-grid.
The Horizon Energy Cooperative (HEC) plans to create a grid that encompasses around 125,000 houses, which could collectively generate up to 250MW in power.
Energy from the project could bring in over £20 million in revenue to social housing developments in the area, as well as saving an estimated two million tonnes of carbon.
Andrew Melchior, of the EIC Partnership, which is managing the three year pilot of the scheme, said this week that the smart grid will reduce peak demand, make energy provision match actual usage needs and enable consumers to understand their own energy uses better by providing them with up-to-date, accurate information.
According to Mr Melchior, increased automation means that there will be "seamless integration" of low carbon transport and microgeneration facilities. The smart-grid will act as a "virtual utility", he claimed.
The large-scale initiative will be funded by Ofgem's low carbon networks fund.
It will be the first project of this kind in the UK, though it was announced last month that parts of Glasgow were being used to trial future plans for making the Scottish city a super-grid. http://tinyurl.com/yjsqhy9