Greater Exeter consumes 10TWh of energy every year – enough to make 368 trips to the moon or to drive around the Earth 1.5 million times. This use is set to grow. Existing energy consumption patterns already cost our residents and businesses over £900m each year; a significant cost to many families and a particular burden to those in fuel poverty.
Exeter City Council have already reduced energy consumption by 37% and are on track to deliver an energy-neutral council by 2022. However, the wider city region has a tremendous opportunity to go so much further. There needs to be more progress made regarding integrating renewable energy and smart energy measurement tools into our buildings, transport systems and local industry.
More sophisticated measurement solutions can help increase the energy efficiency and savings of homes and businesses through personalised recommendations, even continuously health-checking their current energy tariff and recommending cheaper alternatives.
Imagining the Future of Exeter
Through our engagement activities with the diverse business and local communities of Exeter and by analysing best practices of other cities across the globe we have identified a set of features that Exeter will need to demonstrate in order to meet this Goal.
- Exeter has reduced its energy consumption by 2.6TWh over 2017 levels, based largely on reductions in domestic space heating demand.
- Exeter has delivered a suite of retrofit energy-efficiency measures (including insulation and electrification of heat using heat pumps) that are reducing domestic heating demand by 60% (1.8TWh/year).
- Smart energy technology is installed in over 50% of homes in Exeter to support the efficient use of energy, particularly from sustainable sources and contributing to ending fuel poverty
- All Exeter business with 1000+ employees have commited to energy reduction measures
- All public sector organisations in Exeter (including schools) have committed to energy reduction measures
- Exeter has reduced industrial energy consumption by 250GWh (16% of industrial demand) by 2025
- Local planning policy is directed towards advancing demand reduction initiatives with the highest energy efficiency standards (Passivhaus or equivalent) as the norm.
- Exeter has developed systems which enable and manage behavioural change to encourage upgrade to highest efficiency appliances.
- Exeter has a strong set of demonstrators/case studies that act as examples of how commercial buildings and industrial processes can be more energy efficient; saving up to 359GWh from commercial buildings and 250GWh from industrial processes