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A: Technical- Energy

What we know What we could know
Power, heat and gas flows in city and known patterns of change
  • MSOA level electricity and gas consumption
  • A bottom up address level model of heat demand
  • Bottom up address level model of electricity
  • Temporal model of electricity demand based on load profiles
  • Information on upcoming developments in Bristol with large projected load
Current and future ‘local power generation’ levels and intermittency caused
  • Good estimate of current energy generation capacity within Bristol
  • More information about intermittency of renewable generation
Electricity distribution system operational issues and expectations in ‘smarter’ system
  • Map of demand per substation per LSOA
  • Available capacity in distribution network for distributed generation
  • More about the effects of distributed generation on the distribution network
  • Outcome of SoLa Bristol project
Opportunities for demand side response and reduction in the city (power and heat)
  • Technical maximum demand shift at different times of day and year
Anticipated uses of smart energy data in future energy system management - what gets smart?
  • There are several potential smart devices that could be adopted
  • Expected levels of uptake of smart devices within the home
Inventory of large discretionary loads in the city
Storage technology development trends and potential opportunities
  • The different existing storage technologies
  • The options that could be used within a city like Bristol do not appear to be economically viable at present
  • More about EVs being used as a storage medium
  • Future feasibility of storage

Questions for collaborators

B: Technical - Data and IT

What we know What we could know
IT, data handling, storage and analytics requirement for city-scale activity
Data comms and opportunities for data capture within anticipated flows
Smart meter functionality and consumer access device opportunities
Using smart meter and energy data to improve energy management – tools and apps
Integrating smart energy data and sensors and controls (‘internet of things’) – what’s in the pipeline and what benefits can it bring (energy and in other spheres – e.g. health)?
Engagement with DNO and GDO to establish real-time data feeds at various network nodes (cf just smart meters)
Use of local data to minimise search costs to target assistance on those who need it most.

C: Commercial

What we know What we could know
Value flows in energy system and in smart meter roll-out – scaled to ‘Bristol scale’
Understanding markets where value is traded (balancing, capacity etc)
Understanding value created by smarter energy response and management of system at city scale (and how that will change over time)
Understanding potential financial value of using smart energy data in other services (e.g. health improvement – thermal safeguarding etc)
Energy supplier smart meter roll-out plans and potential for securing integrated city-wide approach
Potential business models for city-wide approach
Innovation and research activities and funding sources for smart energy data/city development
Investment requirements and potential sources

D: Regulatory/policy

What we know What we could know
Smart meter roll-out plans and timetable (incl. opportunities for involvement, data issues, support for vulnerable etc)
Licensing of different roles in energy system (supply, distribution, meter operation, access to DCC etc)
Opportunities to mandate ‘smartness’ in new developments and refurbishment
‘Space to experiment’ opportunities to operate outside full regulatory regime (Ofgem, DECC etc) – and what could be done
Privacy (for both individuals and commercial interests) vs public good. Can data be anonymised while still retaining sufficient detail?

E: Social/cultural

What we know What we could know
Public perception and engagement issues
Individual, community and business engagement and behaviour change opportunities
Support needs of vulnerable households and approaches to local provision
Communication and dissemination routes – audiences and narratives
Interest of health and social care sectors and understanding of 'cold homes' link to health