Energy efficiency master planning is an important process for cities who want to implement decisive steps towards a 100% renewable energy future which can be achieved by a combination of energy efficiency and decentralized renewable energy.
Many countries, cities, regions/states and even some utilities have adopted high renewable energy targets. 59 countries, 72 cities, 63 regions/states, 9 utilities and 21 non-profit/educational/public institutions, totalling more than 1.8 billion people have shifted or have committed to shifting within the next few decades to 100% renewable energy in at least one sector.
Although these cities, states and countries have adopted 100% renewable energy targets they have no idea what energy efficiency measures and mixture of renewable energy resources, technologies and storage they will actually need to deliver their targets. They also have no idea what impact ever-increasing standards for energy efficiency or advanced energy efficiency measures will have on stranded renewable energy and grid infrastructure assets in the future.
Energy efficiency is one of the cheapest ways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions which in combination with decentralized renewable energy can provide the pathway to a 100% renewable energy future. However, recent improvements in building materials and energy efficiency technologies such as LED lighting and more efficient domestic and commercial appliances and equipment shows that energy efficiency can deliver far more reductions in energy consumption than previously thought.
An Energy Efficiency Master Plan establishes what energy efficiency measures can be delivered to significantly reduce energy consumption inside the city, thereby significantly reducing the need for and investment in renewable energy technologies and grid infrastructure to achieve a more economic 100% renewable energy city. The Master Plan should also identify any regulatory and institutional barriers that will need to be removed and the business models required to implement the Master Plan.
The IEAC provides master planning project management services to help cities deliver Energy Efficiency Master Plans and has developed an Energy Efficiency Master Plan Briefing [pdf] to assist cities and others in developing their Master Plans.
See City of Sydney Energy Efficiency Master Plan as an example of a Decentralized Energy Master Plan.
Allan Jones MBE
30 January 2019