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OpenDSR is a government funded project looking to demonstrate a concept for domestic demand side response (DSR) and support the development of a business model for the Energy Community Aggregator Service (ECAS), a community owned DSR aggregator and energy service provider.

The OpenDSR project aims to reduce cost and barriers to domestic participation in demand side response (DSR), achieving this through:

  • Interoperability – enabling devices, assets and appliances to communicate with each other and external control systems
  • Open standards – using a minimum standards-based approach to using DSR products
  • Open source – using freely available, standardised base software for controlling and recording DSR calls, dispatches and transactions/payments
  • Off the shelf hardware – enabling existing control hardware products/components that meet electrical safety and other industry standards from the outset

The project is funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Innovative Domestic DSR Competition – Phase 2. Regen is a project partner alongside Carbon Co-op, Megni OpenEnergyMonitor, Great Places and EV Parts.

The project will test and demonstrate the potential for multiple household energy loads to be controlled remotely to reduce demand at particular times, for example at times of peak electricity demand on either the local electricity network or the national electricity grid. Smart electric vehicle (EV) chargers will be installed in 60 Carbon Co-op members’ homes, and immersion heaters, solar panels and solar diverters will be installed in 40 social households belonging to Great Places in Manchester. Carbon Co-op will aggregate this portfolio of domestic distributed energy resources (DERs) and have an agreement with that householder to be able to:

  • optimise when electricity is used to save the householder money if they are on a time-of-use tariff (TOUT)
  • directly control household assets and electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, to participate in existing and upcoming flexibility markets, sending signals to a Home Energy Management System (HEMS), which the householder can override if they don’t want to participate.

The project builds on the ECAS and OpenDSR Phase 1 feasibility studies.

Energy Communities Aggregator Service (ECAS) – Local Flexibility Markets (2018)

OpenDSR Phase 1 Feasibility Report

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To find out more about Open DSR or community energy more generally, contact Ky Hoare at khoare@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. 


 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
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 advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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…

Project duration: June 2018 to September 2019.

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.

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. 


 

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Advocacy and impact intern
Estelle has recently joined Regen as a graduate intern focused on advocacy and impact.…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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…

Project duration: April 2018 to November 2018

Cornwall Council is at the forefront of the energy transition and is now looking at innovative approaches to further develop its energy portfolio and to help facilitate economic growth.  On behalf of Cornwall Council, Regen is supporting the development of an energy storage solution at the Aerohub site in Newquay, Cornwall (UK). This location offers several opportunities and options for the development of innovative storage solutions, co-located with solar PV generation and demand customers at the Aerohub. An initial high-level feasibility study showed that there was value from increasing onsite usage of renewable generation and avoiding
peak prices. However, it also showed that additional revenue and/or cost reduction would be needed to enable a viable business in the current market. Following this Cornwall Council was interested in investigating the technical options available in more detail. 

Regen drafted and circulated the prospectus and expression of interest, that outlined an exciting opportunity to work with an innovative Council to develop an energy storage system.

We received an excellent response from the sector by using our knowledge of active companies and existing contact lists. A solar power portal article helped publicise the project to a wider sector audience and a number of companies asked for further information during the process, which was provided if available and approved. We received interest from a total of 23 companies.

Aerohub Prospectus

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Following the prospectus and EoI, further modelling work was undertaken to identify the viability of energy storage at the Aerohub site in August 2019. To accurately assess potential savings, the model uses the latest electricity tariffs alongside half-hourly historical generation and grid import/export data (2018/19) from Kernow Solar park and Newquay Aerohub respectively. The modelling looked at a lithium-ion and redox flow battery options.  

We are continuing to work in partnership with Cornwall Council to confirm suitable next steps and the process for developing the potential energy storage project at the site in question.

 


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
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Advocacy and impact intern
Estelle has recently joined Regen as a graduate intern focused on advocacy and impact.…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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…

Project duration: April 2016 to March 2021

SET-UP aims to improve energy performance in the partner regions with enhanced policies on smart grids.

Regen is an advisory partner on a European funded project to enhance smart grid policies in 6 partner regions with a specific focus on solutions to 3 main challenges to smart grid deployment:

  • empowering consumers;
  • economic and business models;
  • investment possibilities for smart network infrastructure.

This is funded by INTERREG IVC European Regional Development Fund.Budget

Further details are available on the project website here.

Regen is an advisory partner on the project, providing briefings on the latest policy changes, giving individual support to project partners on specialist subjects, presenting at project meetings, and communicating best practice in smart grids across the EU.

Recent work has included:

  • Organising and managing a partner meeting in London in October 2019, featuring leading companies from the UK: Octopus Energy – head office visit, LEVC and Ubitricity lampost charging demonstration, Electron, Moixa, and PicloFlex. Slides available here.
  • Representing the project in INTERREG Europe webinars on e-mobility. The most recent of which was organised in partnership with the SET-UP project and discussed the impact of electric mobility on electricity networks.

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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
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Advocacy and impact intern
Estelle has recently joined Regen as a graduate intern focused on advocacy and impact.…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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…

Project duration: May 2018 – August 2018

Regen, partnering with Carbon Coop and Community Energy Scotland, worked on one of the shortlisted BEIS Flexibility Markets Feasibility Study Competition funded research projects. This project assessed the feasibility of a service which aggregates flexible loads at the household/community level, to participate in local and national flexibility markets.

Carbon Coop

Community Energy Scotland

Regen’s work within this project was to assess the current DSO led flexibility market trials and expressions of interest, as well as the technical, regulatory and policy barriers to enabling smaller participants to enter these markets.

The main aims of the wider project were:

• To develop a model to estimate the value of different kinds of potential domestic flexibility
to DSOs and the SO in different parts of the UK;

• To specify a Technical Aggregator Platform (TAP) for the system and assess the development,
material, operational and other costs for this system to function for a range of potential
flexibility assets;

• To examine the regulatory requirements and legal barriers for the provision of community
aggregator services;

• Outline a local demonstrator project that would take the results of the feasibility study
from drawing board to market.

Download and read our guide to local flexibility markets here:

Front Cover Of Local Flex Guide

Project lead: Ray Arrell, Senior Project Manager

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Advocacy and impact intern
Estelle has recently joined Regen as a graduate intern focused on advocacy and impact.…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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…

Off the back of Regen’s Energy Storage – Towards a Commercial Model paper, as part of our ‘pathways to parity’ series we developed a follow-up publication that focuses on the business model of co-locating storage with generation and demand.

The paper looked at:

  • How co-located storage could work technically
  • The costs and revenues that could be applicable to storage co-location
  • The operating modes of co-located storage assets
  • The impact and significance of regulation, DNOs and Government policy

We are also considering the dynamic of ‘behind the meter’ prosumers into the co-location model, i.e. how the co-location of storage, generation and demand may be an optimum scenario to create most benefit and flexibility from storage.

We partnered with Green Hedge, TLT LLP, Triodos Bank and Vattenfall on this publication, which was launched in November 2017.

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Download the paper here: Energy Storage: The Next Wave

Led by: Ray Arrell – Senior Project Manager

Contact: rarrell@regen.co.uk

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Advocacy and impact intern
Estelle has recently joined Regen as a graduate intern focused on advocacy and impact.…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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…

A paper on “Network Charging for a Flexible Future” calling for a broad ranging review of how we charge for the grid, and setting out our views on principles such a review should focus on.

Network Charging For Flexible Future

Published: September 2016

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Advocacy and impact intern
Estelle has recently joined Regen as a graduate intern focused on advocacy and impact.…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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…

Project duration: March – May 2018

Regen, partnering with energy software company Piclo (formerly Open Utility), published a series of blogs about the development of local flexibility markets.

Piclo (fna Open Utility)

These blogs can be accessed below:

Part 1 – Local flexibility trials

Part 2 – The benefits of local flexibility for DNOs

Part 3 – The role of a local flexibility market

Part 4 – How a local flexibility trading platform might work

Part 5 – What does local flexibility mean for you?

[RESIZED] Open Utility Graphic 3 Role Of A Local Flexibility Market 02

Project lead: Ray Arrell, Senior Project Manager

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Madeleine Greenhalgh
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Regen has been working closely with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to develop detailed scenarios to understand the future of distributed generation, demand and storage in their licence areas.

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Off the back of this work WPD commissioned Regen to develop an approach to model the growth and operation of storage assets, so as to better understand how these assets are likely to be used and their ‘mode of operation’; including their typical profile of charge and discharge.

Regen developed and published an industry consultation, to see views from the sector around:

  • The potential scale of growth of energy storage within its distribution networks
  • The type of energy storage assets/projects that are likely to be deployed and their business models
  • The typical operating behaviour of storage assets, how they are likely to be used and their typical daily mode(s) of operation

The consultation ran across summer 2017, with 27 organisations responding. The consultation paper and results report are available to download below:

WPD Storage Growth And Operating Modes Consultation Paper (May 2017)

WPD Storage Consultation Paper Results Report (August 2017)

Led by: Ray Arrell – Senior Project Manager

Contact: rarrell@regen.co.uk

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Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
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Tamar Bourne
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Head of smart energy
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Christine Chapter
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Head of Innovation
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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
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Madeleine Greenhalgh
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and advocacy manager
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Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Project manager
Kerry is a project manager at Regen who has a broad range of experience,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
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Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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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Head of cities and regions
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Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
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Ben Robertson
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Head analyst
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This report comes as National Grid announced it has contracted with eight storage projects for total of 201 MW of capacity to provide services to help manage the network, while saving the operator an estimated £200 million.

Energy storage is poised to grow rapidly in the UK towards 10 GW in the 2030’s – but action is needed to align the technology with market and policy signals if this potential is to be realised.

Energy Storage: Towards a commercial model

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Head of technical development
Ray leads Regen's technical development strategy, coordinating the development of the company's capabilities and…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar leads Regen’s smart energy and innovative supply work. Past projects include: writing the…
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…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory 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
Associate director
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Advocacy and impact intern
Estelle has recently joined Regen as a graduate intern focused on advocacy and impact.…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
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…
Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
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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