How Realistic is it to Expect Energy Security in a Historic Estate
“Energy security, the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price” (IEA 2018). The International Energy Agency’s detailed definition of energy security is through two different concepts. The first of these is the long-term security through strategic investment at a national and network level. The second is through the short-term ability of energy systems to react to sudden changes in the supply-demand balance of a system.
The presentation considers the issue of energy security for an individual consumer focusing specifically on the short term abilities of a single system to react to sudden changes in the network whether this is electrical or gas. The presentation will utilise a case study of a historic university campus where the transition to renewables and a self-sustaining energy supply is unrealistic from three facets.
· What a single consumer deems to be security of energy supply;
· The political direction from government and legislative drivers;
· The options available to a historic university estate which are not based upon the integration of renewable sources.
University of Glasgow