Project duration: March 2020 – March 2022

Regen is a partner in a new £3 million Innovate UK-funded project to deliver a detailed design of a smart local energy system for Rugeley Town in Staffordshire and its local area, including the 2,300 houses being built in the former ENGIE Rugeley coal-fired power station. The post-industrial town, and the large brownfield development, is an opportunity to assess the options for a smart local energy system, using proven technologies at scale. This project will focus on user-centric approaches to engagement, business models and marketplace design, bringing together a number of leading organisations that are delivering solutions in the heat, transport and power sectors.

Rugeley town map

Zero Carbon Rugeley Map

Zero Carbon Rugeley Partners

 

The funding secured is part of the UK Government’s (Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy) £21m Detailed Design of Smart Local Energy Systems programme, part of a wider Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme called Prospering from the Energy Revolution.  It aims to create a pipeline of highly innovative, ambitious and investable local UK energy systems that will be ready to roll out across the country over the next decade.

Regen is leading on the policy and regulation work package, reporting and collating the latest changes and the impact on the Zero Carbon Rugeley project. We are also supporting other partners on the business models, buildings and user-centric design work packages.

If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk.

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart grids and local supply projects including; a network innovation trial…
Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
Frankie is a Senior Analyst at Regen. He has helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: September 2019 – November 2019

Regen has previously worked with Western Power Distribution (WPD) and the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on a range of animations to communicate complex and technical topics in a concise and visual way – available here. In this project for Bristol Energy and Bristol City Council we delivered three animations which unpack three key topics, linking solar PV and energy storage in the home, smart metering, and the climate emergency response in Bristol.

The 2D bespoke graphics included Bristol landmarks and a Bristol Energy colour palette.

Regen created the scripts and storyboards, project managed, monitored the review process and used a trusted animator partner to deliver the animations.

Helping Bristol become carbon neutral by 2030

Linking solar PV and energy storage in the home (due to be published)

Smart meters

If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk.

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart grids and local supply projects including; a network innovation trial…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
Frankie is a Senior Analyst at Regen. He has helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project:
Carbon emissions analysis for South Gloucestershire

Regen has worked with South Gloucestershire council to assess the carbon emissions from the area, to aid their next steps following a declaration of a climate emergency.

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Local authorities, government and community groups have responded to the climate crisis by declaring a climate emergency. Regen’s work in this area has been to provide evidence and datasets, as well as communications materials, so that communities and local government can act and set policy in a targeted way.

As well as the total current emissions for the area, Regen also assessed the emissions from the council specifically, and the potential pathways to net zero emissions for the area. For this, we analysed the energy efficiency measures and current heating technologies installed in domestic and non-domestic properties across the district, the renewable energy generation installed and potential for further renewable energy development. A database of emissions and various communications-materials were produced, to help the council plan their pathway to net zero and to communicate the scale of the challenge across all sectors to stakeholders.

Key highlights:

• Carbon emissions have reduced in some areas, but others – like transport, and heat – remain stable

Total carbon emissions have fallen since 2005, with a reduction in industrial emissions, and emissions from electricity consumption. However, emissions from transport and heating have remained relatively stable. The three sectors emitting carbon emissions from energy use are similar in volume of emissions: the domestic, non-domestic, and transport sectors.

• Emissions reductions – and any net zero scenario – is dependent on both local actions and national policy

Development of whole-house retrofit programmes, contracts for the treatment of waste,  coordination and engagement with key private sector stakeholders, and public transport planning are all low-carbon levers which are impacted locally, however decarbonisation of the electricity supply, national planning policy for renewable energy, and funding for local authority actions are all controlled at a national level.

• Domestic heating is a large challenge area, but one with solutions readily available

Around 100,000 homes in South Gloucestershire will need low-carbon heating installed to achieve net-zero, as well 1,000s of non-domestic properties. Energy efficiency improvements are critical in this transition, and will need innovative programmes as well as local decision-making and stakeholder engagement. Energy efficiency improvements reduce the scale of the challenge of decarbonisation, as well as potentially reducing energy bills and improving wellbeing standards.

The resulting database allows South Gloucestershire Council to tailor policy towards critical areas, and begin to map out the pathway to net zero.

 

Climate emergency: The key areas of decarbonisation include: Zero carbon buildings, Low-carbon heating, Renewable electricity, a transport revolution - not just electric cars, but fewer car journeys.

As well as the database of emissions and the above summary poster, Regen also produced summary infographics on renewable energy, the built environment, and land-use and land-use change.

Renewable energy in south Gloucestershire can make an important contribution to the net zero transition, in the context of a climate emergency

 

Project duration: October 2019 – Jan 2020

Regen lead: Frankie Mayo

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To read more about the Climate change strategy of the South Gloucestershire Council, click here.

Regen has worked on a similar analysis for Bristol City Council, to read more please click here.

South Glos Council

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
Frankie is a Senior Analyst at Regen. He has helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: January to February 2019

Regen worked with the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) to explore the potential benefits for community energy organisations of engaging with the Catapult’s Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP) process, as well as the benefits that their engagement would bring to the process.  The output was a report for the ESC to inform the development of the LAEP process going forwards.

The LAEP process is a concept that has been developed by the ESC.  It aims to create a transparent and evidence-based open dialogue to enable stakeholders, facilitated by local government, to more robustly interrogate different future local energy scenarios and to develop local whole system plans to support cost-effective options for decarbonisation.

To support the roll-out of the LAEP process, the ESC commissioned Jodie Giles, Regen’s community energy expert, and Hazel Williams, Regen’s planning expert, to:

  • Identify the potential benefits for community energy organisations of engaging with LAEP development and delivery.
  • Identify the potential benefits for a LAEP process when community energy organisations are engaged.

Based on interviews with community energy organisations and local authorities, Regen uncovered the following key findings:

There are potential economic, social and environmental benefits for communities

By engaging with a LAEP, communities would be able to understand what parts of the future energy system they could benefit from, for example through asset ownership, the revenue it generates, reduced energy costs, and a boost to local employment and growth.

Whilst the environmental benefits are plain to see – lower carbon emissions – perhaps less so are the social benefits. Engagement in a significant long-term project, such as development of new renewable energy generation, involves local people in a range of activities, improving skills and confidence.

By making collective decisions about the use and distribution of income, local communities also develop greater self-determination through the direct control of local resources.

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Image – comparison between the community wind farm Awel Aman Tawe and Pen Y Cymoedd wind farm

 

It will help ensure community groups are ‘transition savvy’

The interviewees believed LAEP would help community energy groups find their place in the new, low carbon energy system, and help them decide which are the best projects for them to focus on. The whole system perspective of LAEP (i.e. to consider how change to one part of the system affect the whole) would help broaden their knowledge and perspective.

The process could also provide evidence to inform grassroots action, for example on decarbonisation and addressing climate change.

It could encourage buy-in from residents

High quality, broad engagement was considered vital to encourage buy-in for any plan from local people and could help address the common criticism that top-down plans often fail to account for local circumstances.

Community energy organisations have close relationships with many stakeholders including consumers, private and social landlords, and investors. As a trusted local organisation with a history of local engagement, they could facilitate positive engagement with the wider local community.

Overall, community energy representatives were overwhelmingly positive about local area energy planning. Done well, the interviewees believed it would probably add confidence to community energy plans and support inward public and private investment from landowners, funders and investors.

Community energy organisations are important local energy system actors and agents of change

Community energy organisations are ambitious in what they’re trying to achieve and fully on-board with the drive to eliminate carbon emissions from the energy system.

These characteristics, combined with their knowledge of the local energy system, make them key players in ensuring that the local energy planning process maximises the benefits it could bring to the public.

Looking to the future for Local Area Energy Planning

The ESC is working with Ofgem and Government to test the potential of rolling out such an approach more widely. The LAEP concept is referenced in recent RIIO-2 Business Plan guidance.

Project leads: Hazel Williams and Jodie Giles

Catapult

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Jodie Giles
Jodie Giles
Senior project manager - communities
Jodie is a senior project manager responsible for the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
Frankie is a Senior Analyst at Regen. He has helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

In 2013, the Welsh Government commissioned Regen to design a survey process and undertake an assessment of the number of renewable energy installations in Wales.  We used our data analysis expertise gained from over 10 years of producing our south west Progress Report, to create a process for gathering the necessary information in Wales and supplied the Welsh Government with a database detailing individual projects across the country.

For 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 we have repeating the study, adding analysis of local ownership of renewable energy projects, trends of fossil fuel electricity generation, and progress towards the Wales’ renewable energy targets. The study analyses how the energy generation capacity in Wales has changed over time, in order to support the development of their energy policy, helping to evidence the economic, community and environmental benefits from the development of Welsh energy projects.

In the latest study for 2018, it has been found that Wales has reached the milestone of 50% of its electricity consumption being generated by renewable electricity. This has risen from 19% in 2014 and is well on the way to meeting the 70% target in 2030.

You can view the latest reports below.

Capture  Energy Generation Wales Report ENGLISH 1.7

We have also produced quick-summary ‘Energy Generation in Wales in 5 minutes’ versions, click here for the 2019 publication.

EGW In 5 2018 English Language Web Version Low Res

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Led by: Joel Venn

Contact: jvenn@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
Frankie is a Senior Analyst at Regen. He has helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: July 2019- July 2020

Regen is supporting the Bristol City Council Energy Service on its heat network delivery, by providing project management support, funded by the Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU).

Heat networks (also known as district heat) are networks of underground pipes that carry hot water and supply heat from a central source to consumers. The central heat source is known as an energy centre and many solutions can be used to generate heat. Across Bristol, networks are being designed to be low carbon.

Since July 2019, Regen has been embedded in the energy infrastructure team, providing sector knowledge and project management expertise. We are responsible for managing and critiquing feasibility studies, engaging with internal and external stakeholders and ensuring the successful delivery of projects with a view to increasing the build-out of low carbon heat networks across Bristol, in line with the Council’s declaration of  Net Zero by 2030.

Project lead: Kerry Hayes (khayes@regen.co.uk)

Bristol City Council Logo.svg

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Tim Crook
Tim Crook
Senior project manager
Tim is a mechanical engineer with a broad range of experience in onshore heat…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Ian Hutchcroft
Ian Hutchcroft
Associate
Ian is a strategic Programme Director and senior Sustainability Consultant with over 25 years’…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
Frankie is a Senior Analyst at Regen. He has helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

New energy insight paper series

Throughout 2020, Regen will be publishing a series of thought provoking papers looking at the challenges and solutions that would deliver the transformations needed to counter climate change. Regen is looking to partner with leading organisations that are willing to sponsor or co-sponsor individual papers or indeed the whole series.

The progress made to decarbonise the UK power sector since 2010 is a great example of how the alignment of government policy, investment and industry can deliver new renewable energy solutions at scale. Important steps have been taken but, in truth, we are still walking in the foothills of energy transformation. The biggest challenges to achieve full decarbonisation across all energy vectors – power, heat and transport – have yet to be met and if anything, progress has begun to falter over the past three years.

Faced with the need to achieve both rapid and dramatic change, the energy industry is being asked to rise to the decarbonisation challenge. The big question is whether the industry will be able to do this? And if so, what new technologies, policies and business models will be required to enable radical change?

So far Regen has identified five potential papers that we would like to develop:

Paper 1 We’ve got the power: re-energising investment in renewable electricity
Paper 2 Decarbonisation of heat: the biggest challenge
Paper 3 Transport: the revolution is coming
Paper 4 Energy efficiency: transforming the way we use energy
Paper 5 Making a difference: how communities, cities and regions can lead
the low carbon revolution

As with previous market insight papers, Regen will partner with leading organisations that are willing to sponsor or co-sponsor individual papers or indeed the whole series.

Sponsorship packages

– Series sponsor £60k + VAT
– Headline paper sponsor £20k + VAT
– Co-sponsor £10k + VAT

Our events throughout 2020 will showcase the papers and sponsors. In addition, we will feature the papers at many of our and third-party events throughout the year.

Led by: Rachel Hayes, head of networks and development

Contact: rhayes@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
Frankie is a Senior Analyst at Regen. He has helped deliver Regen's 'future energy…
Joe Noble
Joe Noble
Data analyst intern
Joe has recently joined Regen on a 6-month internship as a Data Analyst. Joe…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
Ellie joined recently as an Intern. She splits her time between supporting projects in…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: January 2019 to July 2019

Regen has run the Solar Commission, a project that has been set up as part of the UKERC Whole Systems Network Fund.

Innovation and falling costs are leading to solar power playing an increasing role in the energy system. The UK has considerable scientific, technical and business experience in solar power and including technology, power storage, control systems, financing, and power purchase arrangements.

The role of the Commission has been to stimulate new thinking and encourage collaboration between academics, industry and system operators on the role of solar power in the energy system. The Commission examined areas where the UK could use its scientific and technical capabilities to play a leading role in innovation and industrial strategy opportunities in solar power.

The Commission was formed of industry leaders, academics and others and the Commissioners were responsible for investigating the future role of solar power in the energy system, considering the UK’s areas of strength in research and innovation in solar.

The findings will be used to inform and influence decision makers and leading players in the UK energy system and have been published in a non technical briefing at the House of Lords on 9 July 2019. The project engaged new voices and maximise female representation through collaboration with Regen’s Entrepreneurial Women in Renewables initiative.

View the final publication here

View blog – Why do we need more research into solar energy conversion?  

By Dr. Phillip Dale, University of Luxembourg

View blog Revenue opportunities for solar farms from system services

Dr. Biljana Stojkovska, National Grid ESO

 

Led by: Kerry Hayes – project manager

Contact: khayes@regen.co.uk

Solar Commission - Members of the Commission include:

Name Organisation Logo
Professor Alison WalkerUniversity of Bath Bath
Professor Neil RobertsonUniversity of EdinburghUniversity Of Edinburgh Logo
Professor Neil GreenhamUniversity of CambridgeLogo
Professor Mike WallsLoughborough UniversityDownload (1)
Robyn LucasOpen EnergiOpen Energi
Aleksandra KlassenSolar Trade Association STA Logo CMYK
Dr KT TanViridian SolarDownload
Christine CoonickBRE National Solar Centre0
Dr Phillip Dale University of LuxembourgUnilu
Paul WarrenNSG2819035 NSG Group Logo
Imran AghaSiemensSiemens Logo
Sonya BedfordStephens ScownStephens Scown

Led by: Kerry Hayes – project manager

Contact: khayes@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart grids and local supply projects including; a network innovation trial…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
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Joe Noble
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Joel Venn
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Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
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The latest in Regen’s distribution future energy scenarios (DFES) was launched by Scottish and Southern Networks (SSEN) at a webinar on 15 February 2019.

With 3.6 GW of distributed generation (of which 2.5 GW is renewable) already connected to their southern licence area, SSEN are looking to understand potential changes to demand on their network from the rapid changes in our electricity system.

In order to plan their networks and assess where they need to invest, all DNOs are now looking at scenarios for how demands on their networks may change at a local level. Regen is supporting this vital forward planning and has carried out DFES for all four Western Power Distribution licence areas, and UK Power Networks.

The approach of these studies is to look in detail at the local area, taking account of factors such as the energy resources, projects already in the pipeline and local planning policies. In SSEN’s southern  licence area ground-mounted solar has been the dominant decentralised generation technology.

Figure 3-3: Ground-mounted solar PV technically unconstrained areas for future projects. 

Solar Resource Map (DO NOT USE)

The analysis is the first step in a process for SSEN, who are using the data to identify areas of future potential network stress. They will then be using that information to understand how constraints might be best managed or alleviated over time to support more local generation, along with increasing electrification of heat and transport.

Using the framework of National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES) 2018, the report presents a range of possible futures for the SSEN Southern licence areas electricity system up to 2032.

The four scenarios start from Community Renewables, a highly decentralised system that is on track to achieve the 80% reduction in carbon by 2050. This scenario quadruples rooftop solar installation and has around 20% of homes with heat pumps by 2032.

At the other end of the spectrum, a centralised slow growth system Steady Progression, sees continuing of the hiatus in decarbonisation along with increasing levels of air conditioning.

Figure 3-6: Total generation connections by 2032 in Community Renewables.

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Key areas within the study include an assessment of electric vehicle growth and associated capacities and types of chargers in the region. In the highest scenarios, the area could see around 2 million EVs by 2032.

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The study also includes a detailed analysis of planned strategic sites for new domestic and commercial developments to help SSEN understand where the planned 280,000 new homes might be built and what impact they may have.

The findings of the work are spelled out in a public report and SSEN are making the data available to stakeholders such as local authorities and LEPs.

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The UK’s energy system is undergoing seismic changes. The old structure of large, strategically placed power stations and an electricity network that simply delivers power to customers is gone. The landscape is one of shifting demand, greater decentralisation and commitments to reduce or eliminate the dirtiest forms of electricity generation.

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Power to Participate was a year long project aimed at addressing the barriers faced by community energy organisations when exploring new markets such as the provision flexibility services. The project was funded by Friends Provident Foundation.

Communities have been playing a pivotal role in this transition to a new system, proving that ideas, innovation and investment can and perhaps should come from the customers that end up using the power.

But community energy as a movement risks being left behind. The rapid changes in technology that impact how the UK’s energy system operates and is balanced are forcing a rewrite of the policies and regulations that govern it. Unless communities can articulate the value of the role they can play in the new world, they may not be able to play at all.

Regen was awarded funding from the Friends Provident Foundation to work with community energy groups and distribution network operators to understand why engagement with new flexibility opportunities has been so low and how it could be improved.

You can read our launch blog here and the final report here, both launched in September 2019.

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Community energy organisations are widely expected to play a significant role in our future energy system.

Throughout the last decade, community groups have helped decarbonise and decentralise the electricity system, bringing investment and engagement from their local areas. But the system is experiencing rapid change.

Parts of the electricity network are now seeing constraints, preventing the connection of more low carbon generation and struggling to cope with shifting patterns of demand as numbers of heat pumps and electric vehicles grows. To combat these constraints, all the UK’s Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are buying ‘flexibility services’: i.e. the ability for generators or large demand customers to turn their asset up or down if needed. It was widely anticipated that community energy organisations, hungry for new opportunities after the reduction in Feed in Tariff, would eagerly participate in these competitions for flex and potentially go on to explore opportunities at the system balancing level.

However, few community energy organisations are in a position to participate in these flexibility markets, let alone national balancing markets such as those run by National Grid ESO.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, Regen has engaged with community energy organisations, Ofgem, government and the Distribution System Operators (DSOs) to understand why communities are not participating in the emergent flexibility markets.

We brought together these key stakeholders at a ‘Hackathon’ style event in November 2018 and established some key barriers to participation and how they should be addressed. This has resulted in a report or specification that outlines 13 steps that must be taken to ‘level the playing field’ and enable participation from a wider supply chain.

The project ran from June 2018 to September 2019.

Power To Participate


If you are interested in finding out more about our work and how we support community energy, please contact Jodie Giles jgiles@regen.co.uk.

We run regular engagement events for communities that you can view here and we have a special rate for community energy organisations who would like to be members of Regen which can be found here. 


 

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Jodie Giles
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Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
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Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
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Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
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Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
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Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
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Mark Howard
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Project duration: Ongoing

Regen has worked with Western Power Distribution (WPD) and the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on a range of animations to communicate complex and technical topics in a concise and visual way. We are leading the sector in the delivery of animations as communication tools to explain the challenges ahead for the energy networks. Explaining how key technologies such as electricity storage and electric vehicles are due to revolutionise the energy system and provide new opportunities. As well as how key projects such as the Open Networks project will help with the evolution of our energy networks. See some examples below.

The growth of electric vehicles (published July 2018)

Electricity storage (published June 2017)

A full range of the WPD animations is available here.

 

Introduction to the Open Networks Project (published December 2017)

If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Olly Frankland ofrankland@regen.co.uk

 

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Olly Frankland
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Jodie Giles
Jodie Giles
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Johnny Gowdy
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Madeleine Greenhalgh
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Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
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Rachel Hayes
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Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
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Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
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Mark Howard
Mark Howard
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Mark holds a bachelors degree in engineering and has over a decade of experience…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
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Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
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Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
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Joel Venn
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Ellie Wilkes
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Project duration: July 2018 – November 2018

Regen supported Western Power Distribution (WPD) to engage communities in the transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to Distribution System Operator (DSO) and clarify what this means for local energy stakeholders. The consultation paper outlined the key elements of the DSO transition, the main opportunities for communities, and explained new flexibility services. The questionnaire asked communities how they want to be involved in our future electricity network and what support they need, especially around new services being procured by DNOs such as flexibility. Alongside the consultation Regen and WPD delivered 8 community engagement events in 2018.

The aim of the consultation was to:

  • support community energy organisations to develop knowledge about our changing energy system and encourage informed participation
  • find out what communities think and what their future energy plans are, and use this information to inform WPD’s ongoing engagement and capacity building support for community and local energy stakeholders
  • ensure WPD’s vision for DSO is aligned with the needs of customers and stakeholders

There were 49 responses to this consultation demonstrating significant interest from a sector that has to date found it difficult to engage in the complexity of the energy transition. The key to obtaining a strong response was providing a detailed supporting document and using Regen’s strong community energy network to encourage responses. The results and feedback were analysed by Regen and reviewed by WPD, who produced a final report including a list of actions based around:

  • Continued engagement
  • Enhanced information (including data)
  • Minimal thresholds for participation
  • Coordination with wider industry
  • Reviewing contracts

 

Read the consultation guidance document here.

Read the full report here.

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager
Ray’s is one of Regen's Senior Project Managers, continuing Regen’s work and understanding around…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a wide variety of complex projects. He has developed a strong knowledge…
Jodie Giles
Jodie Giles
Senior project manager - communities
Jodie is a senior project manager responsible for the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
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Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
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Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
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Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
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Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
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Mark Howard
Mark Howard
Project Manager
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Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
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Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
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Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
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Joe Noble
Joe Noble
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Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
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Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
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Ellie Wilkes
Ellie Wilkes
Graduate intern
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Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head of delivery
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