Energy Mapping Report

GIS-based energy map


In 2012 Milton Keynes Council commissioned the production of a multi-layered, GIS-based Energy Map. This tool was developed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) in partnership with the United Sustainable Energy Agency (USEA) and consists of written outputs, spreadsheet databases and a GIS map package.

The Energy Map documented sources of sustainable energy and their use within Milton Keynes along with existing low and zero carbon technologies and the scope for scaling.

The results from Milton Keynes contributed to the creation of a web based tool to support low energy projects. The tool is the National Heat Map.  The National Heat Map is a high resolution resource that is available to everyone.

The project is ongoing and in 2015 a new layer was added to include water resources. This additional layer was the basis for a Government announcement on how water source heat pumps can utilise waterways to provide six gigawatts of low carbon heat in the UK.

The report presents four scenarios for meeting the 2020 carbon reduction target of a 40% reduction relative to 2005. In conclusion, the 2020 target is ambitious and a high level of effort is required in all areas if the target is to be achieved.

A summary report from November 2012 is available by clicking on the following link Energy Mapping Report (PDF, 5.2MB)


1. The estimate of wind power potential is based on the policy constraints in 2011; which includes the buffer zone or separation distances that pre-date the current wind power SPD. The distances in the latter SPD have increased and therefore any new estimate of potential would be lower than that shown in this study.

2. The savings potential for domestic cavity wall (CWI) and loft insulation are likely to be overestimated in the report. This is due to the lack of reliable data for pre 2005. The available data identifies only 14,000 homes with CWI or 25% of homes with cavity walls. However national equivalent data gives an average of 69% of suitable homes having CWI; when applied to MK this is 39,000 homes.


Last Updated: 30 November 2017