Local council pilots new energy efficiency initiative

A local council is encouraging local residents to actively work on lowering their energy bills by using a specialist web portal to identify potential energy savings, a news report has been able to suggest.

Milton Keynes Council has begun to work with community groups in using the Community Action Platform for Energy (CAPE), developed by Indian IT services company Tech Mahindra in a collaboration with SAP. This uses mapping and satellite data to provide targeted information on energy emissions and the characteristics of buildings and neighbourhoods, indicating where there is scope for savings from different technologies.

Jeremy Draper, energy manager at Milton Keynes Council, revealed that the council has run the first pilot in showing people how to use the product in understanding how they could save energy, initially focused on low energy lightbulbs, but that it has potential for several other technologies.

As an example, it could be used to provide data on the location and orientation of buildings to assess their suitability for solar panels. It places the data into the public domain so communities can see what they could gain and go to suppliers as a group, or suppliers can identify the potential in a specific neighbourhood and provide an offer to its residents.

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