SAVE: Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency

Investigators: Professor AbuBakr Bahaj, Dr Ben Anderson and Professor Patrick James.


The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at the University of Southampton are the academic lead of a newly funded second tier low carbon project by funded by Ofgem and SSEPD valued at a total of £10.3 million, starting in 2014. The consortium project, led by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) entitled ‘Solent Achieving Value from Efficiency’ (SAVE) will focus on local (Solent region) domestic customers’ energy usage behaviour and aims to:

  • Use targeted energy efficiency measures with domestic customers in the Solent region;
  • Quantify customer responses to a range of approaches;
  • Develop a ‘Customer Model’ to explore the potential effects of a range of intervention scenarios
  • Develop a network planning tool that incorporates the learning from this and other trials.


Project Partners:

  • SSEN – project lead
  • Future Solent – provider of local contacts and data
  • University of Southampton – data analysis and model development
  • DNV-GL – international learning, project methodology, trials managers and learning

Project Suppliers:

  • Neighbourhood Economics – community coaching
  • BMG Research – sample recruitment and survey fieldwork
  • Navetas – electricity consumption monitoring

Project Supporters:

  • Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH)
  • Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
  • SmartGridGB

More information on all the funded projects in Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network competition can be found in their brochure and on their website.


Posted in March, 2014