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Regional Renewable Energy Capacity Assessments

Category: bioenergy
Published: 01/06/2012
Author: NNFCC
A review of the “Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy Capacity Methodology” as a common approach to assess the potential accessible renewable energy resource.

Highlights

  • NNFCC assessed regional approaches in England to evaluating potential renewable energy resources
  • The regions were applying a common approach produced by Government Departments called the ‘Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy Capacity Methodology’
  • Regional consistencies and differences in approach were identified
  • Regional studies highlight the very significant potential for onshore renewable and low carbon energy technologies, including wind, biomass, solar PV and heat pumps.

 Reasons to buy

  • To inform local governments and renewable energy developers about:
  • The most strategic renewable energy technologies for each English region
  • How regional strategies are developed, for assessing the resources and technologies with the most potential
  • Challenges to deploying renewable energy and how to overcome them
  • Policies and actions to encourage exploitation of this potential 

Number of pages: 38

Accessibility: This item is available to all NNFCC subscribers or through individual purchase

This report reviews the “Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy Capacity Methodology” as a common approach to assess the potential accessible renewable energy resource (biomass, wind, solar and thermal heat pumps) and potential for renewable and low-carbon energy deployment in the English regions.

Summary

In 2009, SQW Energy and Land Use Consultants were commissioned by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department for Communities and Local Government to develop the “Renewable and Low-Carbon Energy Capacity Methodology” (RLCECM) as a common approach to assess the potential accessible renewable energy resource (biomass, wind, solar and thermal (via heat pumps)) and potential for renewable and low-carbon energy (primarily heat) deployment (combined heat and power and district heating systems) in the English regions.

The NNFCC was commissioned by DECC to review each individual regional studies to highlight the potentially very significant contribution that onshore renewable and low carbon energy technologies could theoretically make towards renewable and low-carbon energy technology deployment, particularly through harnessing wind energy (at a large scale).​

The individual regional studies highlighted the potentially very significant contribution that onshore renewable and low carbon energy technologies could theoretically make towards renewable and low-carbon energy technology deployment.

The study concluded that outputs of the RLCECM reports furnish Local Authorities and other interested parties with a broad overview of the regional renewable energy potential. This should enable the first steps to be taken in developing or refining local energy planning strategies and policies to encourage exploitation of this potential.​

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