Distribution Future Energy Scenarios
When Northern Powergrid joined us as a sponsor in mid-2019, our first project together was focused on Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES). A DFES is an outline of potential future events (expected or unexpected) built around the scenarios defined in the National Grid Future Energy Scenarios. The 'Community Renewables' scenario, for example, assumes that people will adopt electric transport early and that there is strong support for renewable energy generation like solar panels and wind generation.
Northern Powergrid were interested in exploring several things relating to DFES - visualising it in a way that was more engaging than a 100+ page report; allowing users to interrogate the underlying data through the visualisation; and creating a data standard for DFES that others could use, allowing for greater collaboration between companies like Northern Powergrid and public-facing bodies like local authorities.
Emerging Thinking 2020
A visualisation of Northern Powergrid's potential net zero scenarios as developed for Emerging Thinking, to be in line with the UK's 2050 net zero target.
Explore the modelled data from 2017-2050 by Local Authority District or Primary Supply Point.
Get the data behind the visualisation from Data Mill North.
Message for March 2020 workshop attendees
Northern Powergrid sets out its promise to listen for feedback and improve DFES.
Introduction to the project
Blog post that launches the project and sets the context more fully.
Building electricity network geography
Blog post describing the methodology for creating unique geographies for each Primary Supply point.
Building the visualisation
Blog post describing the DFES visualisation tool.
Interview with Mary Black
How have people reacted to the DFES work?