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Smart Local Energy Systems (SLES) – Council led energy transformation

Smart Local Energy Systems present the a significant opportunity for cities and councils; not only to play a major role in decarbonisation and improving air quality for citizens, they also present a potential for new revenue streams and significant cost reductions for the council. 

Additionally they present a significant positive economic impact for the region, with the inflow of significant investment in distributed energy assets and the jobs that accompany these investments for the maintenance and operation of these assets.  This includes not just distributed generation such as solar and wind, it also includes battery storage, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well digital technologies, consumer assets (e.g. heat pumps) and energy distribution infrastructure needed to make such a system work.

We will design the SLES in such a way that it can take advantage of all the opportunities currently available and is designed to take advantages of future regulatory changes that enable further improvements such as the implementation of Local Energy Markets (LEM) when these become possible. Some regions may also be able to take advantage of the opportunities presented by bio-gas and hydrogen infrastructure and factor this into their SLES. 

We leverage the experience from ground-breaking smart energy transformations including the most ambitious UK projects to date, and can advise and execute on both the technology, policy and financial/economic designs needed to turn such opportunities into reality.

Climate Risk Assessment and Strategy

We can advise on all components of climate risk, including but not limited to physical risks emerging from extreme weather (e.g. flooding, drought) as well as transition risks that emerge from the transition to a low carbon, low green house gas economy.  We can provide an assessment of how exposed a local economy or local industry is to climate risk and are experts in advising on strategies to mitigate the negative impacts of these risk, by looking primarily at innovation (including business model innovation) and the natural capacities and endowments of a region.

Net-Zero Audit and Environmental Trajectory Correction

Net-zero is a great buzz word – because many believe “it says what it does on the tin”!  This is not necessarily the case, many Net-zero programmes are in fact not aligned with the best science or economics around climate change, and some of these strategies are at risk of being considered greenwashing in the future.  For those who want to assess the environmental and ecological integrity of their net-zero strategies and mission we can do such an assessment and should it be needed provide recommendations on how to bring these missions in-line with best practice.



More broadly, we are a company that lives a mission, born from what we see as opportunity to build on the ingenuity of people and their striving for a better world.

  • The dynamics of the energy system are changing.
  • Technology continues to grow across sectors and in diversity.
  • The momentum of sustainable business continues to gain support and application.

We operate at the Trivector of these trends, designing solutions that empower people to be at the centre of change.

Fuelling energy companies, financial institutions, technology vendors/start-ups, governments, environmental and developmental organisations to harness the opportunities presented, to excel in a changing world.



Below find a sample of the services we provide to clients, although our projects often extend beyond themes:

Innovation Acceleration

As specialists in the smart energy and smart city/community domains, we provide process, technical, governance and cultural insight and support in the innovation and transformation of technical systems and business models. These skill sets are well suited to the acceleration of a particular product/service propositions and organisation optimisation to fully leverage innovation potential

 Strategic Consulting

Whether it is helping with the development or execution of strategy, or the assessment of strategic issues and considerations. We can assist those who are either seeking to operate or shape the future energy sector or those who wish to provide goods or services to it.

 Technical Advisory

Through our extensive and objective network of experts we are able to advise and provide perspective across a broad range of Smart Energy technologies; from energy networks and ICT technologies, to generation technologies and architectures, to software approaches and distributed intelligence, and from measurement/metering to the cloud.

 Cross Cutting Research & Development

As our experts are from broad school of backgrounds, many themselves multi-disciplinary in training and experience. This enables easier integration and correlation of various domains, using multi-disciplinary toolkit is a powerful approach to understand and solve our greatest challenges.

Economic & Developmental Advisory

Whether you are looking for cost benefit analysis, development or the modelling of a particular initiative, or broader policy assessment or development. We leverage both traditional and disruptive paradigms of thought to complex and contentious areas.

 Project & Product Development

We also actively engage on a joint risk basis on certain project and product developments. To this end we work with a number of financial and investment organisations and institutions to provide the required delivery and go to market support.




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