Our energy supply priorities
- Increasing local renewable electricity generation, adding at least a further 45MW by 2024
- Decarbonising how we heat out buildings, adding at least a further 10TWh of low-carbon heating by 2024
- Increasing the diversity and flexibility of our supply, adding at least a further 45MW of diverse and flexible load by 2024
What we are doing
Greater Manchester Local Energy Market
Across Greater Manchester, we are looking at how the electricity needs of our city-region can be met through local innovations to help us achieve our target of becoming a zero-carbon emissions city region by 2038.
The Greater Manchester Local Energy Market is a 2-year project from July 2020 to June 2022 that sees Greater Manchester Combined Authority and 11 partners work together to look at how we adapt our local energy system. This includes how to accommodate shifts in supply and demand from the expected increases in electric vehicles. It’s the first project of its kind to be delivered at scale across a city-region.
The project is funded by InnovateUK (opens in a new window) and the 11 partners are:
- Carbon Co-Op
- Cornwall Insight
- Graham Oakes Consulting
- Electricity North West
- Northwards Housing
The project will investigate ways to increase the use of smart technologies and local storage of energy to spread the increase in peak loads these changes may bring. It will also factor in the increases in our population and number of homes.
The project vision combines two key themes:
- A place-based approach to Local Area Energy Planning (LEAP), bringing together the demands of the energy transition with a traditional local authority-led approach to planning, enabling us all to understand where and what we need to retrofit, where to place future energy assets and to support the network operators to plan based on an informed regional position. New services and tariffs to support and enable the changes and measure identified through the Local Area Energy Planning.
- The design and development of unique tools required to optimise how we use, trade and supply energy across the region in the form a new Local Energy Market (LEM).The GM LEM will support the integration of new smart technologies across heat, power and transport, capable of responding to local energy network distribution and national energy transmission.
The design for the project puts customers at the heart of our approach, incorporating commercial property clients, early adopter owner occupiers, social housing tenants and the public sector. This approach creates an understanding of customer needs and energy usage levels. Recognising the economic, environmental and societal challenges the energy transition presents, the project involves citizens, the public and private sector and seeks to protect the most vulnerable in society from the impact of rising energy bills or poor-quality homes.
The consortia has commissioned the Energy Systems Catapult to deliver the first region-wide Local Area Energy plan, encompassing all 10 districts from street level to Energy network.
KrakenFlex will support the design and integration of the new Local Energy Market.
Greater Manchester Local Energy Market (GMLEM)
GMLEM - Local Area Energy Plans
GMLEM - Innovative Energy Tariffs
GMLEM - Optimisation
GMLEM - Software
Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme
Greater Manchester has been awarded over £78m in Government funding to support energy efficiency upgrades to more than 150 public buildings across the city-region, helping to cut emissions and create new jobs.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and 14 other partners will be delivering the scheme across Greater Manchester. These are:
- Bolton Council
- Bury Council
- Greater Manchester Police
- Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
- Manchester City Council
- Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
- Transport for Greater Manchester
- Oldham Council
- Royal Norther College of Music
- Rochdale Council
- Salford Council
- Stockport Council
- Tameside Council
- Trafford Council
- Wigan Council
Buildings and organisations across the public estate set to benefit from retrofitting measures including the National Cycling Centre, and facilities including leisure centres, schools, and offices.
The measures will include the installation of air source heat pumps for heating, solar panels to generate and create electricity, insulation and LED lighting to improve energy efficiency, and energy monitoring and control systems to ensure these public facilities can accurately measure their energy usage.
In total, the works are expected to support the creation or safeguarding of around 2,000 jobs throughout the city-region and will support the goals of Greater Manchester’s Five-Year Environment Plan, including becoming carbon neutral by 2038 – 12 years ahead of the national target.
The upgrades taking place across the public estate will complement the retrofitting of domestic properties carried out through the GMCA-managed Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, which was recently extended until September. Households with incomes of less than £30,000 can apply for grants worth up to £10,000 towards energy efficiency improvements, helping to save on energy bills and cut emissions.
The Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme was launched in October 2020 and offered local authorities grants of up to 100% of the cost of upgrading public buildings, with the aim that work will be carried out and decarbonisation measures in effect by the end of September 2021.
Energy Innovation Agency
The Energy Innovation Agency has been established in Greater Manchester to accelerate the introduction of energy-related innovation to tackle the net zero challenge and bridge the energy innovation gap.
The Agency brings together public sector expertise, world-leading Greater Manchester University-led research and development expertise, and the entrepreneurship and investment of industry to both shorten the journey from discovery to deployment and to facilitate the rapid scaling of energy innovations.
On April 28 2022, the Energy Innovation Agency will be formally launched at Bruntwood, Circle Square, Manchester. The event will also introduce the first in a series of Agency Energy Challenge Events.
Challenge Events are designed to engage innovators across the region, and beyond, to solve industry problems, bridge the energy innovation gap, and enable Greater Manchester to increase the acceleration of carbon emission reductions, to meet our 2038 carbon-neutral target.
The first challenge is all about the decarbonisation of heat in non-domestic buildings, and innovators can apply to pitch their ideas at the event.
The most promising pitches, and businesses with the most effective energy innovations, will be supported by the Agency to help develop and deliver a complete roadmap to commercialisation, with the aim of accelerating the deployment of their innovation to make the biggest impact on carbon emissions both in Greater Manchester and beyond.