The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at the University of Southampton are the academic lead of a newly awarded second tier low carbon project funded by Ofgem and Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) valued at a total of £10.3 million, starting in 2014. The consortium project, led by SSEN and entitled ‘Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency’ (SAVE) aims to:

  • Use targeted energy efficiency measures with domestic customers.
  • Quantify customer responses to a range of approaches.
  • Develop a network planning tool that incorporates the learning from this and other trials.

Professor Bahaj, head of SERG and the Energy and Climate Change Division at the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment said; ‘this project shows confidence in our overarching activities of the group in energy generation and demand reductions. It builds on our research and track record in energy efficiency and data analysis and will support the utility, Scottish and Southern Energy Networks, with quantifying customer needs and responses to a range of interventions that are geared to achieve energy efficiency in the homes and how these impact on investment in the utility infrastructure ’.

The consortium project also involves other members of SERG, Dr Ben Anderson and Dr Patrick James.
Project Partners:

  • SSEN – project lead
  • Future Solent – provider of local contacts and data
  • University of Southampton – data analysis and model preparation
  • DNV-GL – international learning, project methodology, trials managers and learning

Project Suppliers:

  • Neighbourhood Economics – community coaching
  • BMG Research – sample recruitment and survey fieldwork
  • Navetas – electricity consumption monitoring

Project Supporters:

  • Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH)
  • Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
  • SmartGridGB

More information on all the funded projects in Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network competition can be found in their brochure and on their website.