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UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is funding a two-year project for the design of a smart local energy system in the town of Warrington.

Research firm Cornwall Insight is partnering with Pure Leapfrog, Cadent Gas, Qbots Energy, Warrington Borough Council, GridServe Sustainable Energy to implement the Energy Revolution Project Rewire-NW.

The aim of the project is to improve efficiency and productivity of Warrington’s energy system by optimising the current energy infrastructure and bring forward proposals to adapt it to be able to deliver average cost savings of 25% and meet Carbon Budget Five.

UKRI through its “Detailed Designs for Smart Local Energy Systems” is providing 50% of the £2.8 million funding coming from the project partners.

Dan Starman, a lead consultant at Cornwall Insight, said: “Net-zero requires a step-change in new technology adoption and the development of new business models. The solution to delivering zero greenhouse gas emissions is likely to be highly driven by local resources and spatial distribution of assets and consumers. It may require alterations to the current regulatory environment in addition to those currently being progressed by Ofgem and BEIS.”

“Being part of the ambitious Rewire-NW project will allow us to test these new models with a range of other innovative businesses to drive decarbonisation at a reduced cost. It will also highlight regulation that impedes their development and allow us to propose amendments to deliver a lower-carbon future.”

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