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Distributed energy

We work with clients to make the most of distributed energy by blending technical skills with analysis of social, environmental and financial benefits.


As consumers, meters and energy grids all get smarter, distributed energy is growing in popularity in cities. By generating heat and electricity closer to the point of use you can improve efficiency, sustainability and affordability.

We advise clients around the world on distributed energy projects such as district heating networks, combined heat and power (CHP) and microgrids. Often these focus upon ‘zero net energy’ solutions and an increasing number of commercial organisations are now seeing the benefit of being a ‘pro-sumer’.

Technical skills and expertise at every stage

Our clients benefit from our skills in designing and engineering distributed energy networks. Our broad experience allows us to get involved in a project at various stages, our consultancy specialists have the skills to assess market opportunities and add further value to projects by incorporating commercial viability and socio-economic analysis. For example, we recently undertook a study with Siemens looking into the new era of distributed energy systems and the key areas for investment.

Our technical expertise allows us to manage the Mayor of London’s distributed energy programme, which is aiming to install district heating networks across the city. Our project team includes engineers and planners as well as economists and financial advisors. Arup has created an unrivalled legacy of technical manuals, know-how and experience that is being sought by other cities across the world.

We also created the London Heat Map, an interactive tool to identify decentralised energy opportunities.

Arup’s in-house energy advisory experts work with clients on feasibility studies, techno-economic modelling and viability assessments to develop business cases, plus guidance through procurement, managing stakeholders and commissioning. Our energy systems experts understand all the complexity of modern energy networks, enabling us to create the optimum distributed network for a city or large organisations with a campus.

Public and private sector experience

Out teams advise on how to adapt to changes in energy sources, demand and supply and how to ensure their networks remain resilient. We are trusted advisors to many city leaders with most looking at improving urban energy through the use of Transactive energy. We also work with financial institutions – advising green investment funds like the London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF) and other global energy funds. Our corporate clients include large-scale developers and global property portfolio holders who are seeing the importance of considering energy suplply and demand at the start of a project. With hundreds of properties, developers are keen to reduce the carbon footprint of their buildings and find the best way to heat and power their portfolios, similar to the work we have done with Intercontinental Hotel Group.

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Global contact

  • Paula Kirk
  • Global Distributed Energy Leader
  • Doug Nordham

    Brian Raine

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    Americas Region Board Member, Houston Group Leader

    Your best solution to date?

    Energía Costa Azul LNG Receival Terminal, Baja California, Mexico.

    Why is it significant?

    An efficient marine terminal solution allowing LNG carrier access to an exposed coastal environment.

    Your particular skill?

    Bringing together a range of engineering solutions for complex energy projects.

    Enthusiasm?

    Innovative solutions with a focus on constructability.

    Why Arup?

    Freedom of thought and collaboration with bright driven people.

    Anything else?

    Fascinated with the emerging energy supply challenges and opportunities for engineers and society generally.

  • t: +1 310 578 4400
  • e: energy@arup.com
  • Los Angeles [01:42]

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