Ramboll To Develop Energy Master Plan for Wembley
Energy plan in Wembley can generate jobs and help carbon reduction. Ramboll has been commissioned to develop the master plan.
Wembley in northwest London is undergoing large-scale redevelopment and regeneration with the potential to provide approximately 10,000 new jobs and more than 11,500 new homes between now and 2026.
London Borough of Brent and Greater London Authority have recently commissioned Ramboll Energy to develop a decentralised energy master plan for the Wembley Regeneration Area. With a coherent decentralised energy master plan based on a firm evidence base, London Borough of Brent will be able to assess and influence individual developers’ energy strategy proposals and ensure that the full carbon reduction potential for the area will be delivered.
They will also be able to capitalise on synergies between existing supply assets and future energy from waste opportunities, and ensure that the lowest cost and the lowest carbon heat will be delivered to the area, its inhabitants and local businesses.
District heating to play important part
The scale of regeneration, together with the nature and mix of building uses, suggests that a district heating network is likely to have a strong role to play in delivering carbon reduction to the area. The master plan will focus on the role of district heating, but also consider the role for building level and plot level renewable technologies in locations where the heat network may not be suitable or economically viable.
There is also potential for integrating energy from waste into the heat network and this will be a major focus area for the project. The scope for a district cooling network will also be assessed under an extension to the present commission, if a viable opportunity is identified as part of this study.
Creating the right market conditions
The energy masterplan will include a whole life costing and carbon appraisal of the identified opportunities together with an outline business case and implementation plan. A decentralised energy vision map will also be developed. Anthony Riddle, Associate Director for Ramboll, remarked:
“Delivering this opportunity efficiently, at the lowest cost to developers and through a market led approach, will be challenging. Considerations to be made include creating the right market conditions to attract energy services companies to invest in a heat network in the area, considerations of development phasing and the perspective of developers who are free to adopt any one of a number of low or zero carbon supply technology options to achieve compliance under current and future Building Regulations and the the UK Government’s Zero Carbon Homes policy for cost-effective delivery of mainstream zero carbon new homes from 2016.”