Liverpool working to tackle energy crunch

Between now and 2035, population growth and the increased use of electric transport will lead to Liverpool seeing significant rises in energy demand, according to new research from Smart Energy GB, carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).

In Smart Energy GB’s report, Powering Future Cities, demand for domestic electricity is forecast to rise by 20 per cent in the next 20 years, while demand for domestic gas will increase by 8 per cent.

Sacha Deshmukh, Chief Executive of Smart Energy GB said: “This report looks at the challenges and opportunities ahead for our cities as energy demands change. It provides, for the first time, a detailed, city-level picture of future energy needs.

“Smart meters are an essential step to a smarter future. Many cities, such as Liverpool, have already started to use smart technology to create cleaner, greener environments. With smart meters installed across the country there are great opportunities for further innovation.”

Liverpool City Council has already made significant progress in implementing smart city initiatives around energy, having launched the Liverpool City Region Sustainable Energy Action Plan in 2012.

Councillor James Noakes from Liverpool City Council said: “We believe it’s critical for cities to take initiative and develop actionable plans that address future energy challenges. Over the last few years, we have been implementing a number of programmes to create a more resilient and sustainable energy economy.

“Securing a sustainable energy future for Liverpool is critical in how we see the city developing. We are working on delivering a barrage or tidal power for the River Mersey as well as an energy company for the city. In addition to this we want to see community energy schemes supported as well as engagement with the new Sensor City development from our universities.”

According to Powering Future Cities, demand for domestic electricity across the UK is forecast to rise by about a fifth (19 per cent) in the next 20 years.

Growth in full electricity demand (both domestic and non-domestic) will be driven by three sectors – residential, commercial services and transport, where demand is
set to rise by 25%, 36% and 128% respectively.

Cities investing in smart grids and the growing prevalence of electric transport are expected to be substantial drivers set to rise by 25%, 36% and 128% respectively.