Building local economic resilience through democratic local energy models

Project duration: May 2016 to December 2017

Changes in government policy have made it much more challenging for community energy groups to deliver projects.

We engaged extensively with our community energy network following policy changes in 2015. Despite the challenging policy environment, our experience was that, far from giving up, community groups were even more determined to innovate and find new ways to deliver their energy projects to address climate change, social and economic concerns.

We received a grant from the Friends Provident Foundation to support three community groups to develop new business models in community heat, energy storage and local supply.

Working in partnership with Forum for the Future10:10 and Community Energy England, we reviewed UK and international local energy models. We invited community energy organisations across the UK to come forward with ideas, and selected three front runner post-FIT projects, working with these groups intensively to explore the viability and develop replicable business models.

The models explored in depth were:

The project aimed to generate as much learning as possible, and to share it with community energy groups, policy makers, regulators and other stakeholders nationally. Specifically, the project produced:

  • A white paper that identifies key barriers to front runner models being replicated, and recommendations to overcome them
  • A summary report for the learning from PEC, EEG and SELCE
  • A spreadsheet based ‘Ready Reckoner’ tool that illustrates how battery storage could impact onsite generation consumption and its viability

You can read the white paper here.

FPF2 Logo  1010 Cee Big Logo FFFEaston  PEC  SELCE

People on this project

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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…

Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) commissioned Regen to produce two sets of best practice guidance for onshore wind developments: on community engagement and on community benefits.

The guidance draws on Regen’s extensive expertise in this space from our communities programme and our arts and energy programme.

Project duration: Jan 2014 to March 2014

Good community engagement can help to make developments locally appropriate and provide the foundations of positive long term relationships between the host community and those involved in the development. The guidance illustrates the benefits of creative engagement and how techniques can be used to achieve wider participation at each phase of a project’s life.  It highlights some exemplary practice from those working in renewable energy, including our very own Communities for Renewables CIC and South West Water.

Community Benefits from Onshore Wind Developments: Best Practice Guidance for England

DECC commissioned Regen to set out best practice regarding how community benefit funds can be applied. The guidance sets out a number of questions for developers, communities and local authorities to consider at each stage of the development process. It also highlights interesting case studies, including some south west examples: Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network as a community with a plan, and Good Energy’s local electricity discount scheme at Delabole wind farm.

Led by: Cheryl Hiles

Contact: chiles@regensw.co.uk

People on this project

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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…

Project duration: October 2014 to February 2017

Regen worked with Western Power Distribution (WPD), Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) and Tempus Energy to trial a Sunshine Tariff in Wadebridge, Cornwall.

The trial looked to understand how different customers engage with a cheaper daytime tariff and how active they become in changing their consumption patterns in response to this price signal. The project aimed to resolve network capacity issues in the local area by incentivising customers to use electricity between 10am and 4pm in the summer months, which is often when solar generation is at its greatest.

The findings from the trial are set out in a number of reports (click to download):

And you can listen to the team talk about the trial in the Sunshine Tariff webinar. Please note that there is no sound for the first one and a half minutes.

The team were not able to answer all the questions during the webinar, so a Frequently Asked Questions document was compiled.

 

Project lead: Tamar Bourne

Contact: tbourne@regen.co.uk

 

WPD Sunshine Tempus

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
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Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
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Ellie Brundrett
Ellie Brundrett
Project manager
After graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BSc in Geography in 2016,…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of innovation
Christine has recently joined Regen as our new Head of Innovation. She is looking…
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
Policy and advocacy manager
Madeleine is the policy lead for Regen and the Electricity Storage Network, working to…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
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
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Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
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Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
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Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
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Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
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Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
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Hannah Stanley
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
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Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Energy analyst
Sophie is a new starter at Regen on a graduate internship and will be…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

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