Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP) is a process designed to deliver local action to reaching net zero green gas emission targets, comprising technical evidence on the whole energy system, non-technical factors and engagement with stakeholders and communities. LAEP aims to cost savings and social benefits, alongside a coordinated transition to low carbon energy and transport in local areas. 

The North of Tyne Combined Authority are actively engaging with Ofgem to shape the future of Local Area Energy Planning and we have pioneering local authorities in our region which are shaping approaches of LAEP design and implementation.  For example, Newcastle City Council developed a Smart Energy Plan in collaboration with Energy Systems Catapult in 2018, focusing upon the implementation of a smart, flexible and low carbon energy system in the city.