Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

CLNR Project Impact

The CLNR project will produce knowledge to help electricity customers across the country, reduce both their energy costs and their carbon emissions in the years to come. If, as a result, it speeds up the installation of low-carbon technologies by just one year, it could save the country around £8 billion in energy costs and 43 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Northern Powergrid and its partners are trialling smart grid solutions on the electricity distribution network and creating smart-enabled homes to give customers more flexibility over the way they use and generate electricity. The results will help the industry ensure electricity networks can cost effectively handle the mass introduction of low-carbon technologies like solar PV panels, electric cars and heat pumps.

Learning outcomes

For further information on outcomes from the project visit http://www.networkrevolution.co.uk/industryzone/outputsfromtheproject

Learning outcome 1 establishes a greater understanding of current, emerging and possible future load and generation characteristics.
View the Learning Outcome 1 results here


Learning outcome 2 evaluates the extent to which customers are flexible in their load and generation, and the cost of this flexibility.

Learning outcome 3 focuses on network technology and evaluates the extent to which the network can be more flexible, and the cost of this flexibility.
The outputs of these first three learning outcomes are drawn together to deliver the following learning outcomes:

Learning outcome 4 seeks to answer the question ‘what is the optimum solution to resolve network constraints driven by the transition to a low carbon economy ?’

Learning outcome 5 seeks to answer the question ‘what are the most effective means to deliver optimal solutions between customer, supplier and distribution network operator?

For further information on the CLNR project visit the project website at http://www.networkrevolution.co.uk/