Under the Low Carbon Networks Fund , Ofgem allows revenue for Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) such as Electricity North West to undertake technical and commercial trials to support the developing the networks for the transition to a low carbon economy. In partnership with others, they explore how networks can facilitate the take up of low carbon and energy saving initiatives such as electric vehicles, heat pumps, micro and local generation and demand side management, as well as investigating the opportunities that the smart meter roll out can provide to network companies.
Every DNO can participate In Tier 1 of the fund by registering small-scale eligible projects. For Electricity North West, the Tier 1 fund is worth around £1.3m per year. For further details on the projects registered so far by Electricity North West, see the Tier 1 page.
Tier 2 is an annual contest between DNOs for high-value flagship projects. In May 2011, Ofgem announced that Electricity North West’s ‘Capacity to Customers’ bid for the 2011 contest had passed the initial screening process. For further details on the project, see the Tier 2 page.
If you wish to discuss an innovative idea you have relating to our development of a low carbon network then please contact
Steve Cox, Head of Future Networks
or Simon Brooke, Low Carbon Projects Manager