Veitch Cooper Limited work with landowners, communities, public and private sector clients to develop energy solutions which make the best use of local resources and existing energy infrastructure to deliver low cost energy. We then help identify (and apply for) funding to deliver demonstrator pojects which show howthis can be done and in the process help technology developers commercialise their products.
The reduction of fuel poverty is high on our agenda
Delivering the above is not an easy task. It requires an in–depth knowledge of how the energy industry works; the policies that drive change; the regulatory frameworks which govern how energy is generated, bought and sold; how gas and electricity is transported and distributed around different regions and of course the opportunities (and limitations) of new technologies that can help make this a reality
Fintry Development Trust (FDT) aims to promote sustainability and improve energy efficiency in the village of Fintry, Stirlingshire. FDT have delivered a number of energy projects to support these objectives. To achieve a step-change in delivering renewable energy to an engaged community, FDT wanted to explore mechanisms to source electricity from the nearby 1.1MW Strathendrick AD plant. As the AD plant is over 4 miles from the village, which itself is a relatively dispersed community, use of a dedicated private wire network was not an option.
Veitch Cooper proposed that instead a 'virtual' link could be made between the output of the generator and the consumption of residents through the use of smart meters. These meters would record the instantaneous consumption of residents and balance it with the generator's output to provide this linkage, as well as bringing benefits in terms of reduced electricity usage. In addition, these meters could be used to control new electric heating in a manner that avoided costly network upgrades to accommodate increased load or generation output. This combination of lower cost renewable energy for heating and avoided distribution costs could make a significant impact in reducing problems of fuel poverty in the village. Use of local energy to supply the village's heating and other electricity requirements would take the community closer to its goal of full sustainability in the local economy.
Veitch Cooper provided a feasibility report to examine the technical, regulatory and economic barriers to implementing this 'virtual' supply arrangement. This report was funded by CARES, under the Innovation and Infrastructure Fund. Further funding has now been granted by CARES under the Local Energy Challenge Fund for Fintry Development Trust and Veitch Cooper to move from the feasibility stage to making more detailed plans for implementation of this local energy scheme.