Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain (RESNET)

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Abstract

The resilience of GB's electricity energy network is being challenged on three fronts: (i) policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions through decarbonising energy supply will alter substantially the existing supply mix; (ii) decarbonising of the 'energy' system will likely involve considerable shift of previously non-electric energy demand onto the electricity network with accompanying changes in how much electricity is needed and when it is needed; and (iii) the expected mean changes in climate will alter the electricity demand and performance of electricity infrastructure, and increased severity and frequency of extreme weather events will impact on the electrical network and distribution systems.To address these multiple challenges, the RESNET project (Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain) will develop and demonstrate a comprehensive systems-level approach to analysing the resilience of the existing and proposed electricity networks. It will develop, test and refine tools for evaluating adaptation measures designed to enhance the resilience of the network including societal and technical adaptation. The work will consist of 5 work packages (WPs).WP1 will produce future climate scenarios for three key weather variables where changes in average characteristics can impact on the operational resilience of the network and changes in extremes can impact the infrastructural resilience of the network: temperature (and solar radiation), rainfall (with associated flooding) and wind. WP2 will develop electricity demand and supply scenarios, consistent both with the climate change impacts scenarios from WP1, and levels of decarbonisation required to meet policy targets. WP3 will couple the hazard model from WP1 with demand and supply scenarios from WP2 with a dynamic, spatially explicit, power systems simulation model. WP4 will use the model to quantify the potential impacts of future climate upon the day to day (operational) resilience and resilience to extreme events (infrastructure network resilience) of the overall GB electricity transmission system (i.e. the National Grid), and case study distribution networks. Against these infrastructure, demand and climate futures we will test the effectiveness of a wide range of adaptation options for improving the overall resilience of the energy system. Adaptation is not seen here as a purely technical activity but should consider societal adaptation where by consumers change their practices to cope with changing levels of network reliability. WP5 will assess the impact of the future vulnerability of the network upon organisations and households, taking into account climate change impacts, and consider how these may adapt.Contemporary UK society has grown accustomed to a reliable supply of electricity with any interruption to supply typically considered, socially, politically and economically undesirable, almost regardless of the technical and economic implications of maintaining such high levels of integrity. This expected level of service places further constraints on an electricity network already facing multiple challenges. Ultimately, if the UK's energy system is to achieve the urgent and rapid mitigation implied by the Government's 2 deg C commitment, the electricity system will have to undergo profound changes over the short, medium and long term. Pivotal to a successful and rapidly decarbonising electricity system is a transmission and distribution network that is resilient to climate change impacts, capable of balancing different types of low carbon supply in the context of a changing demand profile. Early and integrated analysis of these systemic challenges will pay significant dividends in developing an affordable, robust and low carbon electricity system resilient to the direct and indirect impacts of changing environmental and socio-economic drivers.

Publications

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Dunn S (2017) Hazard tolerance of spatially distributed complex networks in Reliability Engineering & System Safety

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Dunn S (2013) Network theory for infrastructure systems modelling in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability

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Dunn, S (2013) Modelling Infrastructure Systems for Resilience and Sustainability in Modelling Infrastructure Systems for Resilience and Sustainability

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Dunn, S (2014) Modelling Interdependent Cascading Failures in Real World Complex Networks Using a Functional Dependency Model in Modelling Interdependent Cascading Failures in Real World Complex Networks Using a Functional Dependency Model

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Fu G (2016) A Spatial Network Model for Infrastructure System Development in Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering

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Fu G (2016) Exploring impacts of climate change on UK's ICT infrastructure in Infrastructure Asset Management

 
Description With a changing climate the existing challenges for operating a reliable grid are only set to intensify. From increased carrying capacity fed by more intermittent and low-carbon supply, through to major shifts in diurnal and seasonal demands. Whatever the short-term vagaries of particular governments, there is a strong current pushing the electricity network to not only become low carbon, but for it to extend to sectors previously supplied by alternative energy carriers. The tentative moves toward electric cars and the electrification of wider public transport, through to a shift from gas to some form of electrical heating, all have serious implications for operating the grid. But just as importantly, the grid faces new demands from air conditioning loads through to the potential cold ironing of ships (i.e. having them connect to the grid whilst in port) and the increasing electrification of industry as it seeks to become low carbon

Not only is the proportion of final energy demand met by electricity set to increase significantly beyond its current 20% level, but the physical grid infrastructure also faces escalating climate impacts. However, given the geographical position of the UK and the considerable uncertainty in what levels of mitigation the global community will deliver, it is not possible to provide a detailed specification and timeline of national climate change impacts.
In terms of threats to the electricity network due to changes in extreme wind speed, as it stands, there is too much uncertainty in climate models as to making statistically robust assessments of increased frequency or severity of extreme events.

Electricity demand in a lower-carbon future
The low carbon agenda is already having early impacts on the grid and these are clearly set to increase. The UK's current mitigation proposals certainly fall far short of those associated with the country making its fair contribution to keeping temperatures below the international community's 2°C target. Nevertheless, even under the UK's very conservative framing of mitigation, this research demonstrates significant changes to the existing portfolio of loads on the grid and the diurnal variations in demand. Moreover, there is set to be a substantial increase in the total annual demand placed on grid - a challenge both to the network and the generators.
Key outputs:
1) In the absence of a major retrofit of the existing housing stock (in relation climate resilience as well as mitigation), there is a risk that the air conditioning load of the domestic and commercial sectors on the grid may become a major source of summer load.
2) There is a significant prospect that heating and car transport may become increasingly electrified. These would place addition loads on the grid, with the former potentially compensated, at least in part, by warmer winter temperatures.
3) The scenarios developed here, though not commensurate with the 2°C framing of climate change, nevertheless suggest significant increases in both annual electricity consumption and important changes in demand profiles. Both of these have major implications for the electricity network.

Transmission system capacity in a changing climate
key outputs
1) Unchanged, overhead lines will be subject to levels of de-rating that could impose important constraints on the carrying capacity of the grid during periods of high demand. However, the switch to conductors more resilient to higher temperatures offers a relatively simple technical solution to the issue.
2) Underground cables and transformers will also require de-rating, with the technical responses both more challenging and potentially more costly than that available to overhead lines.
3) Although it became clear that the components being assessed are resilient to a wide range of impacts, the de-rating accompanying increased climate change is nonetheless far from trivial. Combined with considerable increases in demand, there is significant need for the grid to be reinforced to cope with the future demands very likely to be placed on it.

Power systems resilience to changing weather
Key finding:
1) a new approach for providing a comprehensive resilience assessment of the network was developed and is applicable to any power system where appropriate information is available. It provides an operator with an ability to evaluate alternative adaption approaches, and hence deliver power systems with requisite levels of resilience to specified extreme events.

Network evolution in a lower carbon future
Key findings:
1) The evolution of most networks is driven principally by a small suite of fundamental parameters - put simply demand, efficiency and cost. Their impact on the network can be understood by applying different probability distributions to each key factor.
2) If the network does develop along the lines outlined in 1), its vulnerability to extreme winds will be greater than it is today, and this will be further exacerbated by the increase in wind conditions with higher levels of climate change.
Exploitation Route Findings can be used to help assess how the grid may be reinforced and/or managed to cope with new pressures arising from mitigation for and adaptation to climate change
Sectors Energy,Environment

 
Description Wind storm research is being used to assess the vulnerability to electricity distribution networks. this work is on-going.
First Year Of Impact 2014
Sector Energy
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Living with Environmental Change Policy and Practice Note
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/partnerships/ride/lwec/ppn/ppn31/
 
Description RESNET project - Call to give oral evidence - following on from the submitted written evidence provided to the Science and Technology (Lords) Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ0JyGMA-ak&app=desktop
 
Description Resilient Electricity Networks for Great Britain (RESNET) project - Written evidence provided to the Science and Technology (Lords) Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/science-and-technology-comm...
 
Description Ruth Wood - working on RESNET Project Work Package 2 - invited to co-author infrastructure chapter of next Climate Change Risk Assessment covering climate impacts on the energy system
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a national consultation
URL https://www.theccc.org.uk/tackling-climate-change/preparing-for-climate-change/climate-change-risk-a...
 
Description NERC Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Inovation Programme
Amount £141,857 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/N012992/1 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 09/2017
 
Description NERC Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Inovation Programme
Amount £161,390 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description Consultancy services for Electricity North West. May 2016 
Organisation Electricity North West
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Using the electricity scenario tool developed by RESNET we provided a quantitative assessment of the potential for future cooling demand in the ENW network region. This analysis will form part of their future demand projections, used for their network planning.
Collaborator Contribution Use of datasets
Impact This analysis will form part of their future demand projections, used for their network planning.
Start Year 2016
 
Title Simulation model for extreme winds produced 
Description Simulation model for extreme winds 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Not known as yet 
 
Title Simulation model for mean winds at simultaneous locations across the UK produced 
Description Produced with X, Y coordinates and wind speed 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2014 
Impact Not known as yet 
 
Description Wood, R. Impacts of climate change on energy systems. OECD High Level Risk Forum, Paris December 2016. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Result description: the key note presentation highlighted the different impacts that climate change will have on energy production, demand and supply around the world to inform the inclusion of these risks into national risk assessments. Audience included government representatives of OECD members, including the USA, Canada, South Korea, Japan, Kazakhstan and European countries.

Most important Impact: Highlighting the significance of the impacts of climate change on the energy system for national security
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description ARCC CN - ARCoES, ARIES, RESNET & ITRC Projects - Stakeholder focused meeting - 24th May 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Bringing together researchers and key representatives from industry to discuss issues surrounding the distribution and generation of power, the workshop provided an opportunity for stakeholders to input into the research process and maximise the effectiveness of future research outputs.

RESNET PI given an opportunity to meet other PI's and exchange knowledge with other academics, researchers and stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/energy-projects-workshop-newcastle-university/
 
Description ARCC CN Conference, 2012 Living with our Buildings and Infrastructure: Adapting for the Future - 18th-19th September 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Researchers, policy makers and practitioners came together to engage with current research, explore the policy and practice implications and consider future challenges and opportunitie.

A RESNET poster was displayed and created interest from other researchers, policy makers and practitioners
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/arcc-conference-2012/
 
Description ARCC CN Energy Projects - Research Coordination Meeting - Newcastle - 7th February 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Developed a shared understanding of the individual project work programmes, identified where links and synergies could be established to enhance the overall research outputs, and discussed the possibility of coordinated knowledge exchange activities.

Identified synergies and discussed possibility of coordinated knowledgr exchange activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/arcc-energy-projects-meeting/
 
Description ARCC CN Energy Projects - Research Coordination and Stakeholder Meeting - Edinburgh 5th July 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Meeting to bring together key researchers and stakeholders from the ARCC CN energy projects to ensure that experiences with data issues, scenario development, knowledge exchange and dissemination are shared and built upon to maximise the impact and delivery of the overall research.

Identified links with other ARCC funded projects, particularly with regards to scenario work being undertaken. A workshop, attended by a number of the ARCC Energy Project representatives, was then set up and took place in Manchester in February 2014.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/arcc-coordination-meeting-to-discuss-resnetariesitrc-scenarios/
 
Description ARCC Network Assembly, 10&11 June 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact many discussions occurred afterwards and emails later on

none yet
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/arcc-assembly/
 
Description ARCC Scenarios Workshop ARIES, ITRC, RESNET - 5-6 February 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Workshop Outputs: http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/wordpress/wp-content/pdfs/RESNET-Workshop-outputs.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/arcc-coordination-meeting-to-discuss-resnetariesitrc-scenarios/
 
Description ARCC Stakeholder meeting, Edinburgh, 5th July 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Liaising with other ARCC funded projects to discuss overlaps and gaps in research.

Exchange of knowledge and highlighting overlap between projects
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/arcc-cn-meeting-adaptation-in-the-energy-sector/
 
Description Assessment of the resilience of transmission networks to extreme wind events 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Stimulated thinking

The paper was presented to an audience of scientists and engineering professionals active in various segments of the electrical power engineering industry and academia to network, exchange ideas and discuss results of their scientific work
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://powertech2015-eindhoven.tue.nl/
 
Description Attendance at Energy Generation & Supply KTN: Annual Workshop, Workshop Title: A RESILIENT ENERGY SYSTEM POST 2020 - How will it work?, London - 8th May 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Workshop Title: A RESILIENT ENERGY SYSTEM POST 2020 - How will it work?.

Opportunity to hear from policy makers and academics and to shape future research on the RESNET project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL https://www.innovateuk.org/web/energyktn/events-view/-/events/3569808?p_p_auth=Sj1N3SHm&_8_redirect=...
 
Description Attendance at GB Electricity Demand: Realising the Resource Workshop, Royal Society, London, 16th May 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Provided an opportunity to consider key enablers and blockers in delivery of more active consumer participation in the electricity demand side over the coming decade.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%...
 
Description Attendance at IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT) Europe Conference, 5th-7th December in Manchester 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact RESNET team member attended the event on behalf of the project. The Conference was an international forum for the participants to address and discuss the state-of-the-art innovation in smart grids. The conference featured paper sessions, panels and tutorials by international experts on Smart Grids
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/conferencedetails/index.html?Conf_ID=19047
 
Description Attendance at INCluESEV workshop on Energy Vulnerability and Energy Justice, Kings College, London (Dana Abi Ghanem) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Attendee at workshop.

N/A
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/sites/incluesev/event-details/?event_id=23
 
Description Attendance at ITRC Early Career Researcher Conference:"Infrastructure Delivery in an Uncertain Future", 27th November 2012, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Xiaolong Hu - RESNET PhD Researcher attended the event as an early career researcher & Ruth Wood, RESNET project researcher, attended as a speaker. The event allowed researchers involved in the ITRC and wider infrastructure research community to showcase and share innovative thinking on future challenges and opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.arcc-network.org.uk/wp-content/events/ECR-booklet.pdf
 
Description Attendance at Seminar - Reading Meteorology department, January 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Discussions with David Brayshaw, Len Shaffrey, Giuseppe Zappa and Helen Dacre from Reading and David Lenaghan from National Grid.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Attendance at annual Durham Risk and Reliability Day meeting, 27th November 2012 in Durham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Newcastle RESNET project researcher, Gaihua Fu attended the Durham Risk Day, representing the RESNET project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/dei/events/past.events/?eventno=14001
 
Description Conference paper published Impact of climate change on static ratings of overhead lines in Edinburgh UPEC2013 Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Conference paper published
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=6714985&tag=1
 
Description Debate - Powering the Northern Powerhouse 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Government wants to create a Northern Powerhouse to better balance the UK economy. Proposals call for investment in transport, science and innovation, plus devolution of civic powers. This event asked the question: what if energy policy was also devolved - how would we develop a strategy that could power the Northern Powerhouse? A range of proposals made by a University think-tank, involving both academics and students, was revealed at The University of Manchester Policy Week event then debated live by our powerhouse panel of experts, drawn from the worlds of politics and economics, policy and strategy, science and energy-related research. From this analysis delegates will vote for their preferred option. Jaise Kuriakose - PhD researcher on the RESNET project presented one of the options and his scenario was chosen as the winning option. The scenario was large scale renewable with smart grids using storage and demand side management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=24891
 
Description Edinburgh - Technical stakeholder dissemination; 22 Oct 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Edinburgh - Technical stakeholder dissemination; 22 Oct 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Impact of Climate Change on the Resilience of UK Power System - Project Collaborative paper, presented at 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference paper presented at 2015 IET International Conference on Resilience of Transmission and Distribution Networks (RTDN), Birmingham, UK, 22-24 September 2015
Over 30 papers were delivered by both industry and academia from 10 different countries. Over 90 delegeates from DNO's, utilities, manufacturers and consultancies were in attendance.


Over 30 papers were delivered by both industry and academia from 10 different countries. Over 90 delegeates from DNO's, utilities, manufacturers and consultancies were in attendance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://conferences.theiet.org/rtdn/about/index.cfm
 
Description Interim Results Dissemination Seminar for Distribution Network Operators 18th March 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The aim of the event was to present RESNET analyses so far, orientated towards DNOs where this is relevant, and to explore ideas for work in this area at the distribution network level.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Invited presentation at 2015 IEEE Conference - Technologies for Sustainability - Engineering and the Environment [SusTech] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Dr Mathaios Pantelli was invited to present at 2015 IEEE Conference - Technologies for Sustainability - Engineering and the Environment [SusTech]. Presentation title: Flexibility and resilience in future integrated low carbon energy systems. This promoted research undertaken on the RESNET project and discussed key research findings
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://sites.ieee.org/sustech/files/2015/06/SusTech-2015-Invited-Speakers-Program.pdf
 
Description London - Policy Makers dissemination; 12 Nov 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact London - Policy Makers dissemination; 12 Nov 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Electricity North West to discuss RESNET Project findings - 18th October 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Meeting with Electricity North West to discuss RESNET Project findings - 18th October 2015. Opportunity to discuss findings with a Distribution Network Operator
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Meeting with Public Health England to discuss the health impacts of power cuts 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact There will be an on-going dialogue. The meeting has been followed up with emails to exchange information on where there have been power cuts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Panel Debate and Short Film - Hot in the City: Urban Resilience and Cooling 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event, as part of the University of Manchester Policy Week 2-6 November 2015, brought together leading experts to discuss our understanding of increased temperatures in urban environments in an
interactive format, with a particular focus on Manchester. The event was of interest to public and private sector building managers, property developers, those with responsibility for groups vulnerable to heatwaves (eg the elderly), electricity system stakeholders affected by cooling loads, and policy makers with an interest in addressing the above.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=24891
 
Description Paper presentation at Interdisciplinary Symposium on Complex Systems, September 15-18, Florence, Italy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Presented paper - A Spatial Model for Infrastructure Network Generation and Evolution

Opportunity to liaise with other researchers working on complex systems. The audience included scientists, philosophers, researchers, engineers and young students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://sites.google.com/site/complexsystems2014/
 
Description Presentation at 11th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference Presentation: Abi Ghanem D., Mander, S. and Gough C. I think we need to get a better generator": electricity, power cuts and everyday resilience in the context of extreme weather. 11th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics, 30th June - 2nd July, Leeds
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at ITRC conference, The Future of National Infrastructure & Economic Prosperity, Cambridge, 27th-28th March 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation on climate resilient energy systems.

Opportunity to engage with other innovative thinkers and practitioners to foster new thinking and approaches
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.itrc.org.uk/climate-resilient-energy-infrastructure/
 
Description Presentation at N Ireland Resilient Infrastructure Workshop - Climate Week 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Presentation and panel discussion with a focus on building capacity (for adaptation and resilience) in the N Ireland infrastructure sector. Attended by Government officials and people from regulatory committee.

Opportunity to interact with speakers from across the transport, waste, energy, planning and water sectors, addressing issues that arise from a changing climate. To gain an understanding of the critical interdependencies between infrastructure sectors and vulnerability to climate change, identify best practice and promote regional climate change adaptation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.climateweek.com/event/future-resilience-of-northern-irelands-infrastructure/
 
Description Presentation at University of Manchester, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering Postgraduate Research Conference 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presented on 'Influence of weather on summer peak electricity demand and contribution from PV'

Opportunity to discuss research with other postgraduate researchers within the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.mace.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/showcase/
 
Description Presentation at a seminar at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (Kings College) focusing on "The Danger of Blackouts - Electricity Security as the Achilles Heel of Resilient Energy Infrastructure? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Fielding questions and comments from the audience. Engaging, informing, and promoting innovating thinking among the participants

Details of talk included in European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) ENERGY TALKS 2 Report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/departments/warstudies/research/groups/eucers/energy-talks-report-2.pdf
 
Description Presentation by Prof. Kevin Anderson at Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum, London, February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Kevin Anderson presented a keynote talk on 'What does the sector need from policymakers? Addressing uncertainty and improving clarity of guidance for industry' at the Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum on 12th February 2019. Sparked questions and discussion afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation to Energy Networks Association members, October 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to Energy Networks Association members, October 2013
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Presentation to a meeting of the EU project ECLISE: discussions with climate modellers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact RESNET project WP1 researchers presentated to a meeting of the EU project ECLISE; discussions with climate modellers Geert Lenderink (KNMI, Netherlands), Erik Kjellström (SMHI, Sweden), Mihaela Caian (SMHI, Sweden), Stefan Sobolowski (Bjerknes Centre, Norway).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description RESNET PI ,Kevin Anderson, discussed decarbonisation implications for the Isle of Man 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Kevin Anderson engaged with a broad range of stakeholders including politicians, civil servants, non-governmental colleagues and school children on issues around decarbonisation and the implications for an island such as the Isle of Man. Specifically the Isle of Man's Department for Environment, Food and Agriculture as well as Isle of Man Friends of the Earth invited the academics to present the implications of the recent Paris Agreement both within closed government meetings, as well as in local venues including a public lecture to over 200 people, and talks to around 300 sixth formers. Further engagement through a talk-in radio program on 'Manx Radio', led to members of the public questioning Prof Anderson on issues of climate science, energy security and broader issues of energy policy. Discussions on mitigation options for the Isle of Man are now ongoing between the academics and key Isle of Man stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description RESNET PI, Kevin Anderson, attended the COP21 Climate Negotiations Event in Paris November 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Kevin attended and spoke at various side-events that were either held within the same restricted area that nations conduct their negotiations, or in central Paris. These events provided an opportunity for scientific as well as policy-focused discussions, and were open to all those at the event. Kevin's focus at the event included carbon budgets, electrification, changing climate and around negative emissions technologies. Research undertaken on the RESNET project was integral to the discussions surrounding electrification and changing climate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.cop21paris.org/about/cop21
 
Description RESNET Project Research presented as part of a University of Manchester Sustainability Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact RESNET Project Research presented as part of a University of Manchester Sustainability Event. RESNET researcher - Dana Abi Ghanem presented her research at the event on Tuesday 8th March
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Research visit to National Grid in October 2015 for a meeting to discuss project results 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact RESNET project researcher and Knowledge Exchange Fellow met with the National Grid to discuss RESNET results
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Resilience and society: Energy infrastructure Conference - Northumbria University - 26th April 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact An event which presented and discussed concepts of resilience, from different disciplines, and considered their possible transfer and application to energy systems. An exchange of ideas, networking, and building collaborative links will be key features throughout the day and speakers from Manchester, Durham, Leeds, Edinburgh and Exeter Universities will joined those from Northumbria in addition to presentations from UKERC and the Head of Energy Resilience, DECC who will discussed delivering resilient energy infrastructure from a government perspective.

Opportunity to discuss work with other researchers and policy makers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.exeter.ac.uk/energysecurity/resources.shtml
 
Description Stakeholder Meeting with National Grid - 13th December 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact To discuss project objectives, delivery and National Grid Work scenario 2020/2050.

This was an initial meeting with a project Stakeholder National Grid. The researchers and representatives from NG discussed required outputs from the project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Stakeholder Meeting with National Grid - 28th March 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Discuss short term forecasting of demand, the operational demand modelling, response and reserve and how you could use dynamic ratings of lines more effectively - not just to manage flows due to wind.

Mapped out furure work required with stakeholders
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Stakeholder meeting with National Grid - 15th April 2013 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Type Of Presentation keynote/invited speaker
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Agree on the changes and the time scales of the final report on the impact of climate change on ratings. Update on the fragility report & discussed and agreed a process to issue rating and fragility reports as part of a technical report




Agree on the changes and the time scales of the final report on the impact of climate change on ratings. Update on the fragility report & discussed and agreed a process to issue rating and fragility reports as part of a technical report
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Stakeholder meeting with National Grid - 19th October 2012 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Gave a detailed update on the work on ratings that has been carried out to date and on the other aspects of the project including weather modelling, future demand scenarios and component vulnerability


Gave a progress update to stakeholder - National Grid
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Supergen HubNet project PI's meeting 11th March 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Interaction between relevant research projects - (particularly EPSRC funded ones) - with the intention of facilitating involvement, communication and co-ordination between existing projects whilst also identifying future research opportunities to ensure that gaps are dealt with and comprehensive coverage achieved.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Workshop with the National Grid to discuss RESNET findings - 19th February 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The aims of the workshop were to:-
-To update and make aware relevant personnel within National Grid of the key outcomes of the project
-Identify key business benefits to National Grid within each work package
-Verify gaps addressed by the project in relation to National Grid Adaptation Report feedback report from Cranfield University
-Discuss the next steps for future work that may benefit National Grid business
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016