Future energy models for cities

At our recent London City Hall event, Future Cities Forum discussed important questions about our current energy systems for cities and how innovation is creating new models.

The Head of R&D UK at EDF Energy, Xavier Mamo, explained how important it was to use existing energy assets in combination with technology and 'smart' innovation to introduce ways of using and distributing low carbon sourced energy. He spoke about the Oxford City Council 'Project LEO' ('Local Energy Oxfordshire') which will develop a new model for the way in which local energy systems in Oxfordshire are managed and measured. The system will balance local demand with local supply in a real world environment - and will help test markets, inform investment models, and assess the benefits of flexibility to the energy system.

The project - which is a £40 million collaboration between ten partners including SSEN, EDF Energy, two councils and both the Oxford-based universities - will demonstrate the potential for people and communities to become active participants in the energy systems of the future. Project LEO will enable social enterprise, the Low Carbon Hub, to add to its 40+ projects with an extra £16 million of investment to work on projects with the community. The project is funded with £13.8 million from UK Research and Innovation and £26 million from private partners.