Saving Energy with the EDR

16th June 2017

We provided technical support to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on the UK Government’s Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) Pilot.

This auction process incentivises private and public-sector organisations to replace inefficient electrical equipment with more efficient alternatives. Commissioned to ease electricity network constraints and reduce the need to invest in new or standby generation, the EDR pilot delivered permanent electricity savings.

The EDR Pilot allows organisations such as local authorities, other public-sector bodies, commercial organisations and those managing portfolios of energy saving projects to apply for funding towards their energy saving projects.

BEIS appointed us to support the pilot by assessing the Measurement and Verification Plans submitted by applicants, as well as verifying that equipment is properly installed and commissioned, and that electricity savings have been achieved. The findings of these technical assessments also informed a programme of site inspections, using a risk-based approach.

We supported the scheme throughout the course of the pilot, which launched in September 2014 and closed in September 2018.

The two rounds of auctions (which took place at the start of 2015 and 2016) have seen a total of over £6 million awarded to 42 lead organisations for 59 projects. Combined, these have been contracted to deliver 28.9 MW in winter peak electricity savings.                                                                                                                   

Senior Consultant Rob Reid, who has been leading the project, said:

“The EDR Pilot has demonstrated that there is an opportunity for the government to deliver cost-effective emissions reductions by supporting electrical efficiency across a range of organisations. We have developed an in-depth understanding of how to support applicants in accessing funding of this kind through our technical advice. In addition, our track record in providing funding support combined with our expertise in strategic policy advice has meant that we have provided BEIS with key insights into how to best design and deliver an effective, enduring EDR scheme beyond the pilot stage.”

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