The UK’s energy networks will play a vital role in meeting future energy challenges. As Great Britain moves towards a low carbon economy, the penetration of Low Carbon Technologies (LCTs) across the distribution networks has increased. As a result, the role of the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) of ensuring the distribution networks infrastructure remains within its operating constraints is in the spotlight. This report investigates the future impact of LCTs on the Low Voltage network in Bracknell, the area which is the focus of the NTVV project.
The report studies existing LCT uptake scenarios for the UK and applies them to the Bracknell area based on local knowledge, an uptake scenario is generated for each technology for 2020 and 2030. For the purposes of the study a forecasting model that allocates the distribution of LCTs to the households in the Bracknell area as well as calculating the demand profiles for households with and without the technologies has been created. The uptake percentages of each technology are used in the forecasting model and the resultant energy profiles are used as an input to the Network Modelling Environment (NME). The model assigns a LCT profile to a household based on either a random or clustered (driven on social influence) distribution.