Mapping the path to a smart energy city

Bristol's ambition to become a smart energy city – fostering innovation in environmental technology and channeling efforts into a climate-focussed, sustainable economy – will extend beyond 2015. The Centre for Sustainable Energy are a charity looking at how to move this year's progress forward.

No other UK city has approached this challenge in quite the same way

The Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration (BSECC) is part of the contribution to Bristol 2015 European Green Capital from the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE).

The charity has brought together a range of public, private, voluntary, and academic sector expertise and interests to engage with each other through a series of expert workshops.

Throughout 2015, BSECC has been getting to grips with the factors at play  such as energy system design and data analysis  and developing an initial road map outlining which steps need to be taken for Bristol to achieve its goal.

They are now ready to share this road map, and will be presenting what they see as the key next steps for 2016 at a free event on Monday 14 December.

The pioneering approach seeks to map out how, by 2020, Bristol could have a public-interest organisation that can manage and interpret local energy supply-and-demand data to bring multiple benefits to the people, services, and businesses of the city.

No other UK city has approached this challenge in quite the same way.

Photo: Destination Bristol

Instead of treating it as a principally technical matter, BSECC has focused on developing an in-depth understanding of the full range of factors which will influence success (or failure).

These include the obvious – designing a smart energy system and analysing vast amounts of data – as well as examining how to negotiate a route through market rules and regulatory issues which currently tend to work against city-scale initiative, and considering the social and cultural influences which bear heavily on what can be achieved.

Attendees at the event will hear from collaboration leader Simon Roberts OBE and from some of the collaborators, as well as expert reactions to these emerging findings from Judith Ward (Director of Sustainability First), Dr Andrew Garrad (Chair of Bristol 2015 and member of DNV-GL’s supervisory board), Dr Jeffrey Hardy (Head of Sustainable Energy Strategy at Ofgem) and others.

Tea and coffee will be available from 1.45pm for a 2.00pm start, followed by tea and cake at 4.45pm with an opportunity for networking.

Find out more about the Bristol Smart Energy City Collaboration and book your free place at the event