The Sustainable Energy for the Isle of Man Island assignment

This is a paper that focuses on the Sustainable Energy for the Isle of Man Island. The paper also provides the tasks and report format to undertake in this assignment.

Sustainable Energy for the Isle of Man Island

Assignment B: Sustainable Energy for an Island
The Isle of Man is an island in the middle of the north Irish Sea roughly the same distance from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. It is 52 km long and 22 km across at its widest point with an area of 572 square kilometres1 . There are significant hills, the highest being 620m, and the land use is a mix of moorland, farming and forest. It is a popular tourist destination. Note that IoM is not part of the United Kingdom or the EU and also has its own government; it has the status of a Crown Dependency and its citizens are British Citizens.

At present most of the energy is supplied from fossil fuels. Some attempts have been made to move to renewables but without much progress so far. Gas is imported via a pipeline, mainly for heating. There is an electricity interconnector (submarine cable) to the UK mainland grid with 40MW capacity.

Your assignment is to investigate the potential for a transition to a low carbon energy supply (not just electricity) for the Isle of Man (IoM), and write this up in a report.
For electricity demand you may assume that the majority of the electricity load is domestic (many businesses will be small hotels for tourists which will have a similar shape to domestic), although there are other businesses, such as financial institutions, with a typical non-domestic load. Assume an average home uses about 4,000 kWh per year if the main heating is not electric with an evening winter peak of about 1 kW averaged across many homes. For load shape see Sources of information.


1. Firstly, summarize the current energy situation in IoM, in particular in relation to the use of fossil fuel and renewable energy.
2. Secondly, identify potential future sources of renewable and low carbon energy local to the IoM, taking into account the climate, topography, land use etc. and the size of energy demand. This should include potential amounts of energy, output profile, and also ability to despatch generation.
3. Thirdly, comment on the extent to which energy production from sources identified in Task 2 matches demand in quantity, and time (particularly for electricity).
4. Fourthly, identify how energy systems and infrastructure might evolve (for example heating, transport) to facilitate a transition to low carbon energy.
5. Write up tasks 1 to 4 in the form of a report.

Report Format
Firstly, your report must address all the Tasks. The word count for the main text, excluding references, should not exceed 2500.
Secondly, use a portrait single column A4 format, like this document. Include page numbers.
Thirdly, avoid repeating large amounts of information from this Brief.
Lastly, you should use Arial, Times New Roman or similar font of size no less than 10 points. Leave a ½ or 1 line space between paragraphs.

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