How the future might look for Alderney’s energy supply
Two States of Alderney-commissioned reports by an energy advisory group on Alderney’s future energy supply are being made public and a drop-in event organised to better understand how the Island can adapt to renewable energy.
ORE Catapult Development Services Ltd, a subsidiary of the Catapult consortium of developers and academics driving innovation in offshore renewable energy, assessed a hybrid mix of options for the Island.
ORE presented two reports to the Energy Group, set up by the Policy and Finance Committee, that are now being made public.
- The first is a review and summary of relevant reports and studies that have been prepared for Alderney and/or the Bailiwick over the past few years, together with other relevant studies and reports in connection with island energy systems and low carbon technology deployment and energy storage.
- The second is a high-level scoping study identifying energy options for the future, such as wind and solar power, tidal stream, interconnectors, energy storage, heat pumps, hydrogen production and biomass digestors. It’s also a commentary on the overall energy supply with potential technology mixes for short-term (5-10 years), medium-term (10-20 years) and long-term (20+ years) timeframes.
Each of the options are assessed against cost, security of supply, carbon footprint reduction and potential environmental impact with consideration of the impact on the character of the Island.
“This is an opportunity for Islanders to understand how a hybrid mix of power supply and storage technologies would meet the island’s objectives of minimising the cost of energy, reducing or mitigating energy supply risks, and minimising or eliminating the use of carbon emitting energy sources,” said the Energy Group’s chairman Bill Abel.
He added: “It enables the States of Alderney to focus on achieving the renewable energy goals set out in the Island Plan which was approved by the States earlier this year.”
A public drop-in session has been arranged for Wednesday July 13th (2.30-5pm) at the Island Hall. All are welcome to discuss these reports.