Case study

Newcastle City Council energy masterplanning

Newcastle upon TyneAerial view of Newcastle upon Tyne

Decerna (Decerna) provided energy master planning to Newcastle City Council to help implement and agree a sustainable energy action plan and a citywide climate change strategy, to deliver regeneration and help drive forward the delivery of low carbon and affordable energy schemes in accordance with the climate change and political agenda across the city.


Outline & objectives

Narec Distributed Energy was appointed by Newcastle City Council to assist them in a technical capacity to develop and deliver a Sustainable Energy Action Plan.

Narec Distributed Energy was responsible for delivering the following:

  • Developing an Energy Master Plan for the city to contribute to delivering the Council’s aims, objectives and targets, assisting the city’s ambitious drive towards sustainability and carbon neutrality
  • Ensure the council's Strategic Energy Action Plan for the EU Covenant of Mayors Agreement was achievable.
  • Assessed all previous consultancy reports on energy commissioned by the council and summarised findings into a single document.
  • Technical, economic and planning feasibilities of renewable and low carbon energy systems.
  • Advice on possible forms for a city ESCo.
  • Educating Newcastle City Council staff on energy related products.
  • Quality assurance on PV installations installed by Newcastle City Council staff.


The project completed in December 2012. During this time the type of carbon reduction projects and renewable energy initiatives and technologies considered to drive forward the City’s Low Carbon Energy Scheme included:

  • District/community heating schemes;
  • Shared energy schemes;
  • Installation of renewable energy generation (in particular photovoltaic panels (PV), solar thermal hot water systems and wind);
  • Improved insulation and energy efficiency of all housing stock;
  • Skills and training support