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The 2016 UK Energy Productivity Audit 

Our new analysis shows the productivity of the UK economy rose by £1.7 billion between 2010 and 2015 as a result of industrial, services and domestic sector energy efficiency investments. Yet, despite the UK’s energy bill topping a staggering £140 billion in 2015, the equivalent of 7.6% of the economy, the efficiency of electricity supply has remained broadly unchanged, improving only 2 percentage points in the last 5 years.

Current renewable energy and energy efficiency policies are only able to take the UK around half way towards meeting the 2030 Carbon Burdget, leaving a significant policy gap. Far more significant energy productivity improvements are needed to deliver our long-term climate goals with lowest ecological risk while also supporting economic growth and competition.

Flexibility on demand | Giving customers control to secure the electricity system

Manufacturing sites, hospitals and retail stores could provide the equivalent electricity supply of 6 new power stations and address the UK's electricity capacity concerns according to our new analysis. 

Up to 16% of the UK's peak electricity requirement, or 9.8 GW, could be provided by businesses through flexing their electricity demand and making better use of onsite generation.

This potential for demand-side response would represent a nearly 10-fold increase and shows the scale of support that business energy customers could provide to help fill the gap in keeping the nation’s electricity supply and demand in balance.

Levelling the playing field: Unlocking heat infrastructure investment

Low carbon district heating networks could succeed without subsidy from 2021 if put on a level playing field with other networks. 

The report sets out how a regulatory investment framework would put heat networks on par with water and energy networks, enabling large investors to consider these different infrastructure assets the same way and helping to drive down heat costs for customers.

Embedded Benefits review | Manufacturing energy cost concerns

Ofgem is reviewing whether it would be in consumers’ interests to change the charging arrangements for distributed connected generators to help limit the role of diesel generation and incentivise new CCGT. 

Cornwall Energy was commissioned by the ADE to review the level of embedded benefits that are currently available to generation and storage that connects directly to the distribution network and to better understand what impacts different approaches would have on the electricity market and on energy consumers.

Backing industrial productivity | The combined heat and power opportunity

Our new industrial CHP report and map outlines the productivity, carbon, cost and competitiveness benefits of CHP, provides three compelling industrial site case studies and highlights some key existing and potential new sites.

District Heating Illustrations

Our new district heating illustrations are designed with householders in mind as a simple way to explain how district heating works!

Less Waste, More Growth | Boosting energy productivity
Currently 54% of the energy used to produce electricity is lost by the time it arrives at a UK home or business, where further losses occur. This lost energy is worth £9.5 billion a year, the equivalent of £354 per household, more than half the average home’s annual electricity bill. It also represents the annual carbon emissions equivalent to every car in the UK. 

While not all energy waste can be stopped, there are immediate, practical, cost-effective steps which could save over £3 billion a year. Read the report to find out how we could improve the UK's energy productivity. 

Code of Practice for Heat Networks
The Code seeks to provide clear and measurable outputs which will ensure that a heat network operates effectively and meets client and customer expectations. Setting minimum standards is a key step to provide greater confidence for specifiers and clients and these can also be included in the tendering/contracting process. This Code has been produced to assist in achieving that aim by raising standards right across the supply chain.

CHP Guidance for Contractors, Consultants and Customers
This document highlights the key issues which contractors, consultants and customers should be aware of when considering or installing combined heat and power (CHP) systems. The advice is ideal for those focussed on CHP units supplying heat in buildings, (typically less than 1MWe, and using reciprocating engines.)

The document gives an introduction to the issues which will most determine the installation and operation of a successful CHP unit, while signposting to other more detailed technical advice documents. 

Small is Beautiful | How small scale combined heat and power works (video)
Every year our energy bills rise. But, it doesn't have to be this way! 

You can generate your own power locally, capture waste heat and take control of your energy bills.

Small scale combined heat and power reduces cost and carbon emissions in homes, businesses and the public sector. Find out how much carbon and money you could save by watching our video! 

Invisible Energy | Hidden Benefits of the Demand Side
This 3D print and Prezi animated report explores what the unseen world of local, demand side energy has delivered over the last 30 years, and what more it could deliver by 2020. 

In short, investment in decentralised generation, demand reduction and demand response has led to major
progress in addressing the three key challenges to energy policy: Affordability, security of supply (both gas and power), and emission reductions. Invisible Energy looks at each of these three areas and asks:

  • What has the demand side contributed to date;
  • What more could be achieved by 2020; and,
  • What policy changes could deliver even more?

Reversing the Current | A Manifesto for Putting Energy Users First
The ADE's manifesto for 2014/15 asks how can we place control of energy back into the hands of the energy user? By:  

  • Placing the bill payer at the centre of the energy system
  • Enacting a ‘Consumer Value Guarantee’ for energy policy
  • Empowering local authorities to meet local energy needs

Less Waste, More Jobs and Growth (Industrial CHP Map 2013)
Combined heat and power is the lifeblood of British industry supplying electricity, process heat and steam to make every day products in Britain and for export but in April 2013, the Government increased energy taxes on industry using CHP by £158m. An industrial site using gas CHP, one of the most efficient uses of gas, saw energy taxes rise faster than a coal power plant. In response the ADE launched the highly successful 'Less Waste, More Jobs and Growth' camapign to highlight the contribution that CHP makes to British industry.

Improving the Security of Gas Supply
This infographic gives key facts about CHP including the amount of carbon it saves, how it helps industry remain competitive and improve the security of the UK's gas supply by significantly reducing imports.