Regen has supported the Great South West to develop its Clean Energy Powerhouse Prospectus showcasing the energy generation opportunities across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Project duration: April – June 2023

Project lead: Grace Millman

Context: Powering Up Britain 

Earlier this year, the UK government published its Powering Up Britain paper, setting out how the government will enhance the country’s energy security, seize the economic opportunities of the transition and deliver on its net zero commitments. Energy generation at scale is crucial in Powering Up Britain, reaching net zero and consolidating the UK’s position as a global leader in green energy. 

 

The prospectus: How the Great South West is powering up a greener Britain 

The Great South West is the ‘powerhouse’ brand to promote the LEP areas of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Heart of the South West and Dorset. It aims to deliver £45bn of economic benefit and become the leading region for the green and blue economy.

GSW Project Page Image1The Great South West has recognised and identified energy as a top priority, focusing on building a future that is smart, connected and green to become the cleanest economy in England and the first to be net carbon zero. The Clean Energy Powerhouse Prospectus has been compiled by Regen and published by the Great South West, showcasing the regions energy generation opportunities. The prospectus also sets out how the Great South West intends to work with government to unlock these opportunities and play a leading role in Powering Up Britain.

Building on the legacy of Hinkley Point C, which will be the UK’s largest low-carbon power station, the Great South West has proven itself to be the place to design, demonstrate and deploy innovative renewable technologies. They are now focusing on the technologies of the future:

  1. Floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea
  2. Nuclear power including Hinkley Point C
  3. Geothermal heat and power solutions
  4. Hydrogen and green fuel production
  5. Diverse low carbon solutions including wave and tidal, onshore wind and solar, utility-scale heat and interconnectors.

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Karl Tucket, Chair of the Great South West said:

“We are stronger than the sum of our parts, and by working together, the Great South West has unprecedented potential to contribute to the region’s economic performance and net zero targets to ensure greater prosperity for all.”

Unlocking the opportunity: key asks from the Great South West

The Great South West has the energy generation opportunities, highly-skilled workforce and deep-rooted expertise to play a leading role in Powering Up Britain. To unlock these opportunities, the Great South West is asking for government action in three key areas:

  1. Reformed planning and licensing

Clearer policy landscape, with a greater focus on net zero, to help remove barriers for energy projects and infrastructure.

  1. Unlocking investment

Public and private investment to support early-stage innovation through to large-scale generation.

  1. Electricity grids for net zero

Investment in our electricity grid to make it ready for net zero, and reform to reduce connection timescales.

 

You can read the full prospectus here

 

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For further information on the project, please contact Grace Millman.

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
Bruce is an Associate of Regen. He has assisted the data analytics team in…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
As an energy market analyst, Becky works with data, visualisation tools and continuous stakeholder…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
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Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
Grace is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and…

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A huge expansion of offshore wind is coming – the UK is aiming to deliver 50 GW of offshore wind by 2030. To date, almost three-quarters of the UK’s 13 GW offshore wind capacity has been installed along the east coast of Great Britain. However, recent innovations in floating offshore wind have enabled the development of projects in deeper water off the west coast. This presents an opportunity for west coast offshore wind projects to address the lack of geographical diversity of the UK’s offshore wind fleet and to play a vital role in energy system balancing, energy security and price stability.

The Go West! study explores and identifies the benefits that pursuing a more geographically diverse offshore wind fleet could bring to both the UK energy system and energy consumers, and recommends the policy innovations required to deliver such a balanced fleet.


About the project

Project title: ‘Go West – An analysis of the energy system benefits and policy implications of a more geographically diverse offshore wind portfolio’

Project lead: Jack Adkins, Senior Analyst    Project duration: May – October 2022

The paper was jointly sponsored by Simply Blue Group, Magnora Offshore Wind, Morwind and Northland Power (with Regen retaining editorial independence over recommendations and conclusions) and has been informed by engagement with key energy sector stakeholders, including National Grid ESO, BEIS, Ofgem, Welsh Government, The Crown Estate, rUK and the CCC.

This paper was born of an early analysis by Regen director Johnny Gowdy of a particularly interesting weather weekend in December 2021, where low wind across the East coast resulted in several days of very low wind generation, whilst high wind resource across the West coast remained untapped that could have mitigated high wholesale price volatility and system balancing costs.

For the Go West study, Regen has modelled several possible future 70 GW offshore wind fleets with varying capacity on the west coast of Great Britain – from the ‘Stay East’ scenario with just 3GW on the west coast, to the ‘Go West!’ scenario with 35GW on the west coast to complement east coast generation.

Using 20 years of wind resource data, the report assesses potential system benefits such as reduced occurrence and duration of low offshore wind power, reduced power generation volatility, and associated potential reductions in energy system costs and carbon emissions.


For more information, please contact Jack Adkins, Senior Analyst at Regen.

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Associate Director
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Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
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Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of innovation
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Ellie Brundrett
Ellie Brundrett
Net Zero Project Manager
Since joining Regen in 2021, Ellie has been responsible for delivering some of our…
Jo Butlin
Jo Butlin
Non-Executive Director
Jo brings deep market knowledge and Board experience to support strategic and operational development…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of Delivery
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Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Energy Analyst
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Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
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Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Electricity Storage Network Lead
Olly leads the Electricity Storage Network, the industry group and voice for grid-scale electricity…
Maxine Frerk
Maxine Frerk
Associate
Maxine has a strong regulatory background after 15 years in Ofgem including as Senior…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate
Simon is a Regen associate, providing a wealth of experience to support our analytical…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate Director
Rachel leads Regen’s strategic partnerships and impact, ensuring we are plugged into key networks…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Principal Analyst
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Frank Hodgson
Frank Hodgson
Senior Energy Analyst
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Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief Executive
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Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and Impact Manager
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Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Senior Energy Analyst
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Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of Local Energy
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George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Local Energy Analyst
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Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
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Meagan Reasoner
Meagan Reasoner
Energy Analyst
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Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just Transition Lead
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Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local Energy Coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
Patti S
Patti S
Senior Energy Analyst
Patti is one of Regen's senior energy analysts, working to deliver high quality data…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head Analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Charlotte Wason
Charlotte Wason
Graduate Energy Analyst
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Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate Director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: January – May 2022

Project lead: Grace Millman

The UK government, in its Energy Security Strategy, set a target of 50 GW of offshore wind by 2030, including a sub-target of 5 GW of floating offshore wind. This follows The Crown Estate’s announcement in November 2021 that it intends to award 4 GW of seabed rights to floating offshore wind projects in the Celtic Sea, to be deployed by 2035. The uplift in ambition at both a national and regional level marks a new stage in the growth of the industry and a real expectation that large-scale projects will be located in the waters around Wales and the south west of England for the first time.

Regen has worked alongside the Heart of the South West LEP and Devon County Council, in partnership with North Devon and Torridge District Councils, to produce a supply chain opportunity assessment for how the Heart of the South West can maximise the opportunities presented by floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea.

The report outlines the key areas of strength for the region, explores what opportunities there are to support supply chain jobs and wider economic benefit, and identifies practical areas for collaboration with other stakeholders across the south west, south Wales and Ireland.

Or open the report in a new tab by clicking here.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project or Regen’s work in offshore renewable energy, please contact Grace Millman.

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Following on from this study, Regen worked with the University of Exeter to evidence the suitability and potential benefits of creating a new South West hub for the development and testing of clean marine propulsion systems. The final paper can be read here. For more information, contact Jack Adkins.

 

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Associate Director
Ray is part of the Regen leadership team, overseeing our work and strategic goals…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
Bruce is an Associate of Regen. He has assisted the data analytics team in…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of innovation
Tamar is the head of innovation at Regen. She strives to be at the…
Ellie Brundrett
Ellie Brundrett
Net Zero Project Manager
Since joining Regen in 2021, Ellie has been responsible for delivering some of our…
Jo Butlin
Jo Butlin
Non-Executive Director
Jo brings deep market knowledge and Board experience to support strategic and operational development…
Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of Delivery
Christine is Regen's Head of Delivery. She was previously at National Grid Electricity Transmission…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Energy Analyst
Robbie is an energy analyst at Regen. He has worked across several areas within…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
As an energy market analyst, Becky works with data, visualisation tools and continuous stakeholder…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Electricity Storage Network Lead
Olly leads the Electricity Storage Network, the industry group and voice for grid-scale electricity…
Maxine Frerk
Maxine Frerk
Associate
Maxine has a strong regulatory background after 15 years in Ofgem including as Senior…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate
Simon is a Regen associate, providing a wealth of experience to support our analytical…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate Director
Rachel leads Regen’s strategic partnerships and impact, ensuring we are plugged into key networks…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Principal Analyst
Jonty is a Principal Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services,…
Frank Hodgson
Frank Hodgson
Senior Energy Analyst
Frank joined Regen in 2022 as a Senior Energy Analyst and co-leads Regen's transport…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief Executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon energy system. Under…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and Impact Manager
Estelle manages Regen's policy and advocacy work to secure progress towards a zero carbon…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Senior Energy Analyst
Tamsyn is a senior energy analyst interested in all things people and digital. She…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of Local Energy
Poppy is Head of Local Energy at Regen. She is leading our work to…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Local Energy Analyst
George is a local energy analyst who plays a key role in supporting Regen’s…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
Grace is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and…
Meagan Reasoner
Meagan Reasoner
Energy Analyst
Meagan is a energy analyst who joined the Regen team in September of 2022…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just Transition Lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local Energy Coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
Patti S
Patti S
Senior Energy Analyst
Patti is one of Regen's senior energy analysts, working to deliver high quality data…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head Analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Charlotte Wason
Charlotte Wason
Graduate Energy Analyst
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Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate Director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

The Hayle Coastal Communities Team project was established by the Hayle Harbour Advisory Committee in 2015 and has been funded by a DCLG Coastal Community grant. The HCCT team is made up of individuals and stakeholders who have a direct interest to support the future sustainable development of Hayle Harbour.

Hayle Harbour Works And Business Case – phase 1 report

This reports documents to outcome and findings of phase 1 of the HCCT project. This first phase has focused on the issues related to harbour navigation and access, with the aim to identify practical and acceptable solutions to restore and maintain water depth and safe navigation within the harbour and its channels, and to develop a business case to support investment.

Published: January 2016

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
Bruce is an Associate of Regen. He has assisted the data analytics team in…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
As an energy market analyst, Becky works with data, visualisation tools and continuous stakeholder…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
Grace is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and…

Regen has expertise and detailed knowledge of the marine energy supply chain, including port facilities and infrastructure.

Over many years, we have carried out a number of individual studies on the region’s ports.

Examples of these projects include:

Plymouth South Yard Marine Industry Demand study

Following the signing over of part of Devonport Dock yard to Plymouth City Council, we carried out a market research study to identify areas of high growth and innovation in the marine industry and specific opportunities to support investment and jobs in the south west of England through the development of a “Marine Industries’ Production Campus” at Plymouth South Yard.

Read the report here.

Bristol Port Dry Dock study

In 2014, we carried out an evaluation of potential market opportunities for Bristol Port, principally focused on the opportunities surrounding the Atlantic Array project and the assembly and manufacturing of tidal turbines.

North Devon

We have undertaken a series of studies in North Devon examining potential opportunities surrounding the Atlantic Array project, with a view to using the ports as operations and maintenance facilities.

Hayle Harbour Works

This project, funded by the Hayle Coastal Communities Team, focussed on identifying practical and acceptable solutions for restoring and maintaining water depth and safe navigation within the harbour and its channels, and to develop a business case to support investment.

Read the report here. 

Led by: Johnny Gowdy

Contactjgowdy@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
Bruce is an Associate of Regen. He has assisted the data analytics team in…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
As an energy market analyst, Becky works with data, visualisation tools and continuous stakeholder…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
Grace is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and…

During the summer of 2016, Regen were contracted to carry out the feasibility phase of Unstoppable Offshore, a project developed by 10:10.

10:10’s aim is to enable individuals and communities to invest in the flourishing offshore wind sector in UK waters, and to support the continued growth of our vibrant community energy sector.

Project duration: Summer 2016

During the feasibility phase, Regen was responsible for carrying out research to better understand the ownership structures and financial models within the UK offshore wind sector, to identify whether there was a strong case to encourage greater UK ownership of offshore wind and to engage with developers and potential financial partners.

Following the completion of this phase, a second stage of work is due to start in winter 2016, further investigating financial methods that could be used to meet 10:10’s project aim.

Led by: Kerry Hayes and Cheryl Hiles

Contact: khayes@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
Bruce is an Associate of Regen. He has assisted the data analytics team in…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
As an energy market analyst, Becky works with data, visualisation tools and continuous stakeholder…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
Grace is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and…

For the past five years, Regen SW, sponsored by Bristol City Council, has facilitated the popular Bristol Tidal Energy Forum, an industry group set up to support the development of tidal energy in the south west of England.

Project duration: (2011 – ongoing)

Although the forum started out with a south west focus, it has evolved over the past ten events, reaching an international audience. Since the first event, a combined total of over 500 delegates have attended from 11 different countries, with attendees from all parts of the supply chain coming together to network, do business and learn more about the burgeoning tidal energy sector. In between events, attendees are encouraged to continue networking through the Linkedin group.

Presentations from past events can be seen here.

The next forum will take place in the spring of 2017.

Led by: Johnny Gowdy

Contact: jgowdy@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
Bruce is an Associate of Regen. He has assisted the data analytics team in…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
As an energy market analyst, Becky works with data, visualisation tools and continuous stakeholder…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
Grace is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and…

The team at Regen have excellent GIS capability, economic and financial modelling knowledge and analytical skills that, together with our industry knowledge and market insight, enables us to undertake work in areas such as resource assessments, marine project feasibility and financial modelling.

Examples of our work include:

  • Financial modelling commissioned to better understand the financial and commercial viability of deploying wave energy technology at both technology demonstration and first array scale. The objective of the study was to analyse, from the perspective of a project developer, the key financial drivers and sensitivities which will ultimately determine the viability of wave energy projects and the location/scale of the projects that could be developed.
  • A project pre-feasibility study for a technology developer, with the aim of finding a site   within the study area that could form the basis of a viable project and would then be taken forward to the next stage.  The next stage was planned to include more detailed costing and a full site survey assessing the resource and physical constraints of a tidal energy site in the south west.
  • Assessment of the boundary of a tidal energy site, carried out using GIS to assess the resource and other physical constraints, including water depth and bathymetry. This assessment was then considered alongside other constraints such as marine leisure and environmental designation.  Finally, financial modelling was carried out to evaluate the attractiveness of the site to potential commercial developers.

Led by: Johnny Gowdy

Contact: jgowdy@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior Energy Analyst
As a senior energy analyst, Jack enjoys exploring novel ideas using data and working…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Associate
Bruce is an Associate of Regen. He has assisted the data analytics team in…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Energy Market Analyst
As an energy market analyst, Becky works with data, visualisation tools and continuous stakeholder…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Senior Energy Analyst
Grace is a senior energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and…

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