This project seeks to investigate whether and how the application of
emerging technologies and techniques can promote electricity network
efficiencies and thereby achieve low carbon development goals.
The highest impact opportunities in relation to enhancing network
efficiency are likely to be in enhancing understanding of emerging
applications and leveraging private finance to drive adoption of those
applications. To support these objectives, this report seeks to identify
and investigate applications that fulfil four criteria:
The application is not well understood technically and in terms of the
policy and economic barriers that may prevent its application, and so
further research and understanding would likely be of benefit to the
climate and development communities;
The application is well placed to leverage private finance;
The application actively promotes, or at least does not obstruct,
‘leapfrogging’ by facilitating adoption of decentralising
technologies, such as storage, distributed generation or smart meters,
and innovative business models in electricity supply; and
The application has clear abatement potential.
Frames the issues at hand through a broad literature review, that
identifies a range of technologies and techniques that could improve
network efficiency, and assesses each against the criteria above to
identify priority applications for further investigation;
For these priority applications, it provides a deeper literature
review on relevant technical, policy and economics issues and builds
on this with case studies to highlight potential barriers and
opportunities in relation to implementation; and
Develops a diagnostic schematic to identify where the priority
applications may be most feasible or have the greatest impact.
Vivid Economics; ARUP. Opportunities to enhance electricity network efficiency. Final Report. Vivid Economics, London, UK (2015) 111 pp.