A strategic partnership between City of Edinburgh Council and SP Energy Networks (SPEN) has been formed as part of the former’s new decarbonisation strategy. This partnership is to help maximise the benefit of grid investment for the city and its citizens in support of the council’s goal of enabling Edinburgh to be a net zero city by 2030. It comes as part of the new draft strategy, which also includes the goal of delivering a city-wide heat and energy masterplan by 2022, supported by the SPEN partnership. Earlier this month, SPEN unveiled a first of its kind tool for modelling the uptake of low-carbon forms of heat. This tool – dubbed Heat Up – enables the distribution network operator to estimate the size of heat pump required to heat a building using the characteristics of all homes in its region, allowing it to understand the impact future low-carbon heat can have on the network due to increases in electricity demand from the additional connections. Outside of heat, the council is also looking at methods of decarbonising transport. If the strategy is approved, it will to create electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs for public service vehicles, making them available to residents where possible at key times and in key locations.
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