In a second interview with partners of the REPLICATE project, we talk with the Energy Manager of the project – Lorna Edwards.
Lorna began working for Bristol City Council’s Energy Service around 18 months ago when she took on the role of Community Energy Project Manager. Since September 2016 she has been involved in the REPLICATE, project managing the planning of the energy efficiency retrofit, community solar and heat networks elements. She has worked in the renewable energy sector for the last seven years since graduating with a Masters from Cardiff University.
What does Bristol City Council’s Energy Service do?
Our core objectives are ensuring the city has a secure energy supply and is resilient to future changes, and actively reducing carbon emissions for the city. Find out more at the Energy Service website
What is the connection between the REPLICATE project and energy?
In this pilot project, we hope the insight we gain over the next couple of years will go on to influence and change the way energy is thought about and used in the REPLICATE area and the wider city.
How is the REPLICATE project going to help Bristol’s ambition to be carbon neutral and run entirely on clean energy by 2050?
Even though this is a pilot project, there will still be significant CO2 savings made. There is also an ambition to use learning from the REPLICATE project and quite literally replicate the programme in other areas of the city at a later date. This high profile project also creates awareness of energy saving in the community which may translate into further carbon reduction in local households and businesses.
What initiatives are you aiming to deploy in Bristol?
There are a range of initiatives which will be rolled out in the designated REPLICATE area of Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill to about 240 homes. These are: solar panels, boiler upgrade, cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and LED lighting upgrade. In 150 of the homes that have these measures installed, we will also be installing smart white goods, such as fridge/freezers, which will allow residents to save money and energy. As a part of the REPLICATE project, we will also be developing an energy demand management system – encouraging people to use less energy at peak times.
How are citizens from Bristol going to be benefited with your initiatives?
So, certain households from the Easton, Ashley and Lawrence Hill area could be directly involved via these initiatives. But it is also a project that Bristol as a whole could benefit from as it is an innovative European wide project that brings with it investment, insight from other cities and state of the art technology. The hope is that learning from this pilot project will have a lasting legacy on the rest of the city.
How can people get involved?