Project lead: COMAS
Local Energy Challenge Fund award amount: £25,000
Area: Cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The project’s vision is to drive down energy costs and stimulate new renewable energy development in urban communities across Scotland.
The project aims to test a new model that will:
- Allow residents or landlords of multi-occupancy blocks to form new Local Energy Supply Companies (LESCOs) compatible with the current regulatory framework.
- Enable local renewable generation to be directly linked and ‘netted’ from the consumption of LESCO customers, without requiring installation of a private wire network.
- Empower communities to negotiate the cost of their imported electricity with national energy suppliers, using more accurate electricity demand data, incentivising energy efficiency and demand side management for LESCO customers through ‘benefit sharing’ business models.
The project will use new metering systems and communications technology to link the demand of multiple individual households, so they are treated as a single individual entity by a traditional electricity supplier and potentially aggregated with metering data from local generation. The model does not require 100% resident participation and any customer wishing to leave LESCO will be able to do so with a simple change to their metering configuration.
Comas and Community Energy Scotland have identified two suitable housing blocks in Edinburgh, comprising over 100 properties, where the model for aggregated multi-ownership situation can be tested.