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SSE to help design UK smart city regeneration project

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SSE is playing a role in drawing up design plans for the largest smart city-wide energy system in the UK.

SSE is playing a role in drawing up design plans for the largest smart city-wide energy system in the UK.

The £2 million Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure project (PIRI) scheme, which is being led by Peterborough Council, UK, will cut energy bills and provide green heat, electricity and transport for residents.

Combining a next generation heat network, electricity network and EV infrastructure under one holistic scheme, the two-year project has been granted funding to begin the design of a local, smart energy system.

Other partners include Element Energy, Cranfield University, Smarter Grid Solutions and Sweco UK.

The PIRI project brings together energy generation, demand and storage, thereby unlocking efficiencies not deliverable under existing, traditional energy systems. It is envisaged to be especially effective in areas where the electricity network is constrained, as well as serving as a blueprint for other urban locations across the UK.

PIRI will be part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge and unlock major social and economic value for the Peterborough area from 2022. Significant private sector investment has been secured for and by members of the partnership who each have existing decarbonisation expertise.

The project is one of five to win funding to create a pipeline of innovative and investable local energy system designs that will be ready to roll out across the UK in the 2020s.

Peterborough is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK whilst also being committed to reducing its carbon emissions. Its PIRI project aims to deliver a significant drop in CO2 emissions by 2030, whilst cutting energy bills by up to a quarter.

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