Project duration: December 2021 – April 2022

The UK government has set an explicit target to achieve a net zero electricity system by 2035. But what does this mean, and what might that look like on a day-to-day basis? In particular, how might this net zero electricity system operate during the more challenging periods of the year?

Regen is working alongside National Grid ESO’s Bridging the Gap programme to produce a narrative ‘day in the life’ of how a 2035 net zero electricity system may operate, backed by realistic, data-driven analysis. This will address the challenges around how a very low carbon electricity system, with a very high proportion of variable renewable energy, significant new demand from EVs and heat pumps, and much greater levels of flexibility, would operate during a challenging cold winter week.

The project will look at some specific pieces of the puzzle that are needed to achieve a net zero electricity system by 2035. How much offshore wind will be located in the various seas around the UK coast? What technologies and fuels are providing low carbon flexibility and dispatchable generation? What is the role of overseas interconnection? What role do domestic and non-domestic consumers play in an increasingly digitalised and data-driven energy system?


The results of the project will be released in March, alongside the Bridging the Gap programme.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project or our future energy systems work, please contact Jonty Haynes.

 

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 technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

ENA Regen

Project duration: November 2021 to present

Innovation is central to the ability of the networks to rise to the challenge of net zero. The Gas and Electricity Network Innovation Strategies play a key role in ensuring that network innovation is coordinated, focused on the key priorities for the energy system and delivers benefits to customers. Regen has been commissioned by Energy Networks Association (ENA) to update the strategy for 2022. 

The innovation landscape has evolved since the network innovation strategies were last published in 2020 and so have the priorities and views of stakeholders. We are therefore inviting stakeholders to participate in this important update and are keen to hear your feedback throughout the course of the project with several engagement opportunities planned.  

Activity to date:

Regen and ENA hosted a webinar in December 2021, providing further context on why the network innovation strategies are being updated now. The webinar also acted as the launch of the Network Innovation Strategy online consultation, which ran from 3-17 December.

View the slides here

Network innovation workshops:

Right now, we are inviting stakeholder to attend workshops to explore in detail the key priorities that will govern all network innovation activity for the next two years. We want to know what you think the energy networks should work with stakeholders on to co-create innovative ideas and projects that will work to solve the key challenges facing the energy networks.

This is a critical opportunity to shape the future of the energy networks. The workshops will be held on 28 January at 10:00 and 2 February at 14:00. This follows on from the online consultation we held in December 2021 and is an important next step in capturing your feedback.

Register online for the workshops here: 28 January and 2 February.

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 technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

The energy transition requires an evolution of the energy system, the markets and actors that underpin it, and the behaviour of its consumers. The future of our energy system amounts to the product of how national policy materialises as regional and local outcomes.

Since 2015, Regen has been looking extensively at potential future energy pathways at a regional and local level, through pioneering and delivering Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) assessments for electricity and gas distribution networks. The DFES approach provides high granularity scenario forecasts focused on individual geographic licence areas, projecting the trajectories of energy generation (low carbon and fossil fuel), demand and storage technologies which are expected to connect to or disconnect from the GB distribution networks, out to 2050.

Through delivering these assessments, Regen has gained insight into the regional trends of the current fuel mix of our energy supply, the constantly evolving pipeline of established, new and emerging low-carbon technologies s at both a regional and neighborhood level.

The Regional Energy Scenarios Insight Series will therefore look to highlight some of the key findings, trends and potential outcomes we are seeing across the UK, including the development of marine energy generation, the scale of the solar and battery storage pipelines, a street-level view of the uptake of EV charging and the future regional potential for bioenergy.

Watch this space for blogs, graphics, videos and other insight.

Regional Energy Scenarios Insight Series

Eleventh-hour opportunity as tidal energy gets £20m reserve allocation in latest CfD round

Tidal

Tidal energy is one of the most reliable and predictable sources of renewable energy. Taken together with wave energy and floating wind, tidal energy offers the UK the opportunity to diversify its generation of renewable power both geographically and technologically, helping build system resilience. In this blog, Grace Millman, lead analyst on Regen’s 2021 Distribution Future Energy Scenarios for Western Power Distribution, examines the ebbs and flows of tidal energy over the last few years, as well as the future of tidal energy in light of the latest government announcement that tidal stream would be awarded a £20m ring-fenced minima within AR4.

Regional Energy Scenarios Insight Series (3)

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 technical capabilities…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Energy analyst
Bruce is a new intern at Regen. He will be assisting the data analytics…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Jonathan Lamont
Jonathan Lamont
Energy analyst intern
Jonathan is a new addition to Regen fulfilling the role of graduate intern aiding…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

The Welsh Government has commissioned Regen to produce a series of reports exploring energy generation and use in Wales, building on the analysis completed in previous years.  

Project duration: Ongoing

As an organisation with a mission to support net zero, Regen recognises the importance of accurately tracking and communicating progress against energy targets in shaping effective policy and market responses. These studies will support the Welsh Government with the development of energy policy, helping to evidence the economic, community and environmental benefits from the development of Welsh energy projects. 

Regen will analyse a variety of data sources to present an up-to-date picture of Wales’ electricity generation including the growth of renewable energy technologies in Wales, progress towards Welsh targets and the growth of local ownership since the last study concluded.  

The accompanying energy use report will explore national energy consumption across a range of spatial and temporal scales, building on the methodology developed by Regen when undertaking the first Energy Use in Wales study in 2020. 

The project started in October 2021 and will be completed in Spring 2021. 

For more information on the studies, please see our most recently published Energy Generation in Wales report, and Energy Use in Wales report, as well as our graphical summary of the latest generation report, Energy Generation in Wales in 5 minutes. 

Click below to view our previous reports. 

EUW 2018 EGW 5 Mins EGW 2019

 

 

 

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 technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Regen was commissioned by SP Energy Networks to undertake a high level economic evaluation of the Active Network Management scheme at Dunbar GSP, which had run from 2015 to 2020.

Project duration: July 2021 – Oct 2021

Between 2012 and 2016, SP Energy networks and partners implemented an Active Network Management (ANM) scheme on the Dunbar Grid Supply Point (GSP) to enable four new projects, totalling 50MW of generation, to connect to an export constrained network, and one existing 48 MW windfarm to upgrade from its previous inter-trip constrained connection to an ANM flexible connection.

Regen was commissioned by SP Energy Networks to evaluate what the impact of the ANM scheme had been on the local economy and to explore how ANM could be used to greater effect in our networks as they evolve.

The implementation of ANM at Dunbar led to some clear economic and carbon benefits including:

  • enabling total capital investment of an estimated £200m
  • the creation of 56 FTE long term jobs
  • £75k of community benefits funding per year
  • an estimated carbon saving of 98 thousand tonnes.

An Economic Evaluation Of The Active Network Management Scheme At The Dunbar GSP

 


Tim Crook“Our evaluation clearly shows that ANM is a valuable tool to allow distribution networks to accelerate the deployment of renewable generation in capacity constrained areas, and to unlock the associated carbon savings and economic benefits of these projects. The Dunbar ANM scheme has also made a significant contribution to the continued innovation and development of ANM technologies and processes. ANM based approaches, working alongside other sources of flexibility, could now play an important role to achieve net zero if networks are enabled to take a more proactive role to make strategic network investment.”

 

Tim Crook, project manager and report author, Regen


251439836.jpg.gallery“Scotland is currently hosting one of the most important climate summits in recent years. It has given us a stage to show all the work we have done already to move towards net zero and show our commitment to reaching our climate change targets at the pace and scale truly needed.

Our electricity networks are at the heart of this climate ambition; they support the growth of renewables as well as the increase of electric heating and transport. It’s our job to ensure that we are constantly innovating and investing in our network to make sure it stands ready to support the energy transition.

Active Network Management has proved to be an incredibly useful technology to use ahead of our planned multi-billion pound investment in our network to keep increasing the renewable generation Scotland needs. Not only that, but we are proud to be able to show that it can bring significant socio-economic benefits to both the country and directly to the communities it operates in.”

Scott Mathieson, network planning and regulation director, SP Energy Networks


Sgs Exec Team Euan Davidson

“We were pleased to work with SP Energy networks and their customers in the Dunbar and Berwick areas to deploy our Active Network Management technology to solve the grid capacity challenges there.  It is, therefore, very pleasing to see this evaluation of the many different benefits by Regen.

“Network flexibility in general, but this ANM approach to flexible generator connections in particular, provides the foundation for quicker and less expensive development of clean energy.  Speed, scale, stakeholder inclusivity and cost-effectiveness are all clearly important in the context of the enormous climate challenge we all now face.

“This Dunbar ANM project, and the evidence of positive impact now captured in this report, point the way forward to massive scale clean energy development in accelerated timeframes with benefits to a wide set of stakeholders.  We are also pleased to be working with SP Energy Networks to roll-out this approach to other network areas and also use the same underlying technology to solve other network challenges.”

Euan Davidson, chief technology officer, and the force behind the application of Smarter Grid Solutions ANM in this project

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 technical capabilities…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Energy analyst
Bruce is a new intern at Regen. He will be assisting the data analytics…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: July 2020 – July 2022

Across Greater Manchester, this project is looking at how the electricity needs of the GM city-region can be met through local innovations to help them achieve their target of becoming a zero-carbon emissions city region by 2038.

The Greater Manchester Local Energy Market is a 2-year project from July 2020 to June 2022 that sees Greater Manchester Combined Authority and 11 partners work together to look at how we adapt our local energy system. This includes how to accommodate shifts in supply and demand from the expected increases in electric vehicles. It’s the first project of its kind to be delivered at scale across a city-region.

The project is funded by InnovateUK (opens in a new window) and the 11 partners are:

  • Bruntwood
  • OvoEnergy
  • Carbon Co-Op
  • Hitachi
  • Daikin
  • Cornwall Insight
  • Graham Oakes Consulting
  • Cadent
  • Regen
  • Electricity North West
  • Northwards Housing

The project will investigate ways to increase the use of smart technologies and local storage of energy to spread the increase in peak loads these changes may bring. It will also factor in the increases in our population and number of homes.

The project vision combines two key themes:

  1. A place-based approach to Local Area Energy Planning (LEAP), bringing together the demands of the energy transition with a traditional local authority-led approach to planning, enabling us all to understand where and what we need to retrofit, where to place future energy assets and to support the network operators to plan based on an informed regional position. New services and tariffs to support and enable the changes and measure identified through the Local Area Energy Planning.
  2.  The design and development of unique tools required to optimise how we use, trade and supply energy across the region in the form a new Local Energy Market (LEM).The GM LEM will support the integration of new smart technologies across heat, power and transport, capable of responding to local energy network distribution and national energy transmission.

The design for the project puts customers at the heart of our approach, incorporating commercial property clients, early adopter owner occupiers, social housing tenants and the public sector. This approach creates an understanding of customer needs and energy usage levels. Recognising the economic, environmental and societal challenges the energy transition presents, the project involves citizens, the public and private sector and seeks to protect the most vulnerable in society from the impact of rising energy bills or poor-quality homes.

The consortia has commissioned the Energy Systems Catapult to deliver the first region-wide Local Area Energy plan, encompassing all 10 districts from street level to Energy network.

KrakenFlex will support the design and integration of the new Local Energy Market.

Regen is leading on the investor relations and business plan work package, developing an investor prospectus that will setout the roadmap of the LEM from now until 2038 and how it can be achieved. We are also supporting other partners on the business models, buildings and user-centric design work packages.

The project page is available here.


If you are interested in finding out more about this work, please contact Tim Crook tcrook@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 technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
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…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: May 2021 to July 2021

As part of this years distribution future energy scenarios we are hosting four webinars for local stakeholders in Western Power Distribution’s (WPD) licence areas to directly influence the models and assumptions that are made during the future energy analysis. The sessions will provide the opportunity to ask questions, answer some of ours, and learn how to access and use the data once published.

The sessions will be as follows, click through to book your place:

Project summary
To support WPD’s strategic network investment planning, Regen has been commissioned to undertake an analysis of various ‘future energy scenarios’ for the four WPD licence areas – the South West, South Wales, East Midlands, and West Midlands. The project builds on previous years of analysis looking at the uptake and deployment of renewable and fossil fuel power generation, energy storage, low carbon heat, electric vehicles and hydrogen electrolysis, as well as analysing planned new housing and commercial developments. The analysis of different net zero scenarios, informed by detailed contextual factors and local stakeholder feedback, will help WPD to plan strategically and invest appropriately in the electricity network.

Towards net zero
This analysis takes the annual National Grid ‘Future Energy Scenarios’ and assesses the deployment of the various technologies at a granular level for each licence area, as well as looking at the specific local factors such as local plans, renewable resources, agricultural land, socio-economic factors and public transport provision. Each local and regional area in Great Britain has unique characteristics and resources, therefore each will have their own levels of deployment of renewable and low carbon technologies as the UK aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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You can view the project in full here. If you are interested in finding out more about our wider future energy scenarios work and this project, please contact Jonty Haynes or any of the analyst team


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 technical capabilities…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Energy analyst
Bruce is a new intern at Regen. He will be assisting the data analytics…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Jonathan Lamont
Jonathan Lamont
Energy analyst intern
Jonathan is a new addition to Regen fulfilling the role of graduate intern aiding…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: Ongoing

The Borderlands Partnership, a partnership of local authorities and stakeholders, brings together five cross-border local authorities of Carlisle, Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, Northumberland and Scottish Borders to promote the economic growth of the area. The partnership has contracted a consortium to develop an energy strategy for the region that will:

  • identify strategically important projects
  • support and facilitate future local area energy plans
  • and engage stakeholders in the development of the energy strategy and projects.

Regen will be modelling the region’s energy system to develop pathways towards the region achieving net zero decarbonisation. An interconnected thematic modelling approach will be taken, with domestic, commercial and industrial, transport, electricity generation, energy efficiency, and smart and flexibility sector pathways modelled and reported on. In addition, Regen will be collating spatial information on energy modelling factors, for example building energy efficiency data, energy generation projects and resource opportunities. This spatial information will support future local area energy plans.

An example of the modelling approach and variables is below:

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The project started in Q1 2021 and will be completed in Q3 2021.

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 technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
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…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: January 2021 – March 2021

Project lead: Jonty Haynes, senior analyst

Regen has worked alongside SSEN to undertake a high level scenario analysis of the impact of energy efficiency measures in SSEN’s Southern England and North of Scotland licence areas, expanding on the recently released 2020 edition of SSEN’s Distribution Future Energy Scenarios.

National scenarios, such as those produced by National Grid ESO and the Climate Change Committee (CCC), have a strong narrative around energy efficiency and its impact across all forms of energy consumption. There is a need to understand how these potential outcomes may look at a regional and local level, which this study aims to address. The analysis approach was necessarily high level, focusing on the impact of energy efficiency in terms of a demand reduction factor for the five major demand sources: domestic heat, domestic lighting and appliances, non-domestic heat, non-domestic lighting and appliances and industrial processes.

Headline results – very ambitious targets between 2025 and 2035

In the scenarios that achieve the UK and Scotland’s net zero targets, the majority of energy efficiency improvements were projected to occur by the early 2030s, particularly within the non-domestic sector, facilitating low carbon fuel switching and smart, flexible electricity consumption in the later 2030s and 2040s. The concentration of energy efficiency gains within a relatively short timeframe reflects the current slow uptake (also the focus on fuel poverty which tends enable latent demand), followed by a rapid sprint from 2025 to 2035 in order to meet the governments targets, and the 5th and 6th carbon budgets.

There is uncertainty over the level of demand reduction that can be achieved through energy efficiency, which is reflected in the range of scenario outcomes. The impact of energy efficiency was modelled using existing and proposed policies, current trends and abatement measures identified as commercially feasible. By 2035, the impact of energy efficiency on the current baseload electricity demand ranges from 7% to 29%, depending on the scenario.

Early demand reduction in the scenarios is driven by the non-domestic sector, with the expectation that private and public sector energy efficiency measures will be complete by the early 2030s in the net zero scenarios, as per the CCC’s Sixth Carbon Budget. Domestic heat demand, in contrast, has historically proved more difficult to reduce through energy efficiency measures, and rollout occurs mainly in the later 2020s and 2030s. Across the scenarios, the impact of energy efficiency on non-domestic energy demand by 2030 was projected to be on average 50% higher than the impact on domestic heat demand.

Local impacts and variation

The analysis was undertaken at the level of Electricity Supply Areas (ESAs), broadly primary substations. It showed that, while many aspects of energy efficiency are driven by national policy and trends, the local demand impact can vary significantly depending on the domestic, commercial and industrial building stock and demand sources present in each area.

In the Consumer Transformation scenario, in which the UK meets its energy efficiency targets such as those defined in the Clean Growth Strategy, the impact of energy efficiency on current electricity baseload reduction varied between 10% to 28% in 2035 between ESAs.

Across all scenarios, the energy efficiency reduction factor (%) on current baseload was less in city and town centres, which typically contain high proportions of office and retail buildings and better insulated dwellings, particularly flats and tenements. Conversely, rural and industry-dominated areas showed higher energy efficiency reduction factor potential, owing to typically less well insulated building stock and the higher potential for industrial buildings and processes to reduce energy demand, compared to office and retail premises. However, due to the concentration of electricity demand in urban areas, the absolute level of demand reduction is greater within urban and city areas, alongside locations with high levels of industrial demand.

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The energy efficiency analysis was completed in March 2021, see our joint press release with SSEN here. It was an extension to the full Distribution Future Energy Scenarios completed for both SSEN licence areas launched in January 2021, see here.

The two licence area reports are available to view and download from our publications page here.

SSEN


If you are interested in finding out more about this project with SSEN or our wider work in future energy scenarios, please contact Jonty Haynes.


 

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 technical capabilities…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Energy analyst
Bruce is a new intern at Regen. He will be assisting the data analytics…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Jonathan Lamont
Jonathan Lamont
Energy analyst intern
Jonathan is a new addition to Regen fulfilling the role of graduate intern aiding…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Regen has been working with SP Energy Networks (SPEN) to understand the impacts of recent and proposed changes to how much we pay for our distribution and transmission network on customers, on Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) and on decarbonisation.

A detailed analysis was undertaken including modelling of network charge options and interviews with both stakeholders and SPEN’s connections team. This analysis has been summarised into a short report which can be viewed here.

The results of the analysis were presented around four key themes that were expected to have the most significant implications for both SPEN and their network customers:

  • Higher fixed charges for demand customers due to the shift from variable to flexible costs, particularly those with low capacity utilisation.
  • Locational charges and forward price signals could have significantly impacts on locational and regional aspirations for growth and decarbonisation.
  • Shallower distribution connection boundary could make it cheaper for distribution sites in constrained locations to connect to the network, particularly large sites.
  • Flexible access and connections options would be welcome, but questions remain as to how they will relate to DSO and other flexibility.

The report concludes that the proposed changes are mixed for decarbonisation and that the final impact will vary across the country and depend on how the methodologies are developed and applied.  However, it is likely that it will require all DNOs to further invest in physical assets, network monitoring as well as processes and capability to support net zero, new connections and flexibility.

Read a summary of the report’s key findings in our blog here, written by Poppy Maltby (head of cities and regions).

 

SP Energy Networks

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 technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
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…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: June 2017 to April 2020

Regen was one of the partners on OpenLV, a network innovation trial with Western Power Distribution (WPD) which gave communities and businesses access to local electricity substation data. The project trialled an open software platform in electricity substations that monitored substation performance and electricity demand for a local area, and hosted apps that enabled participants to access this data and explore uses for it which benefited communities and the network.

The software was installed in 80 Low Voltage (LV) distribution substations across WPD’s licence areas, and could ultimately be deployed in every LV and High Voltage (HV) substation in Great Britain.

Regen worked alongside the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to support the eight community groups involved in the trial, and evaluate how useful the local electricity data was for them. For more on how communities used the data, you can read the OpenLV guidebook for community energy organisations, ‘Using data from your local substation’, with case studies on trial participants, along with more information and resources from the project.

This video sets out some of the ways open access to local electricity substation data can help to support people in fuel poverty and vulnerable customers as we transition to a smarter, decarbonised network.

OpenLV was a Western Power Distribution project, funded by the Network Innovation Competition, and delivered by EA Technology.

WPD Midlands English Ea Technology Logo


To find out more about the Open LV project, contact Ky Hoare at khoare@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 technical capabilities…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
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
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
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…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
Hazel is responsible for Regen’s project delivery, leading on resourcing, quality assurance and developing…

Project duration: July 2020 – December 2020

Project lead: Ray Arrell, Head of Technical Development

Regen worked alongside Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to undertake the 2020 edition of their Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) analysis for both the North of Scotland (SHEPD) and Southern England (SEPD) distribution network licence areas. As part of this project, Regen also refreshed the more granular Low Carbon Technology (LCT) study that Regen developed with SSEN towards the end of 2019, producing scenario projections for EVs, electricity fuelled heating technologies and domestic rooftop solar PV capacity to secondary substation and feeder level – the equivalent of street-level forecasts.

The DFES process provides SSEN with detailed scenario projections for the increase (or reduction) in the connected capacity of energy generation, storage, and disruptive demand technologies connecting to SSEN’s distribution network out to 2050. The analysis also includes projections for new housing and the increase in commercial and industrial developments.

This work forms part of SSEN’s network planning and investment appraisal process, with Regen’s DFES projection datasets and accompanying written reports allowing network planners and forecasting teams to model and analyse different future load scenarios on SSEN’s network. The DFES has also supported SSEN to develop an evidence base and input into SSEN’s business plan submission for the upcoming RIIO-ED2 price control period, with the SSEN team engaging local councils with scenario data for their specific local authority area.

Engagement with regional and local stakeholders is a core feature of DFES analysis. Regen teamed up with SSEN and the Energy Systems Catapult to deliver a series of interactive webinars across August and September, looking at the local area energy plans and future energy scenarios in both licence areas. A summary of these events and the Mentimeter slides (including results of some online polling conducted on the day) are available on our website, see: North of Scotland webinar (25 Aug) and Southern England webinars (3 & 8 Sep). Regen and SSEN also held a workshop with representatives from Scottish Government in November, seeking to reflect the energy and decarbonisation policy ambitions for North Scotland (including the recently published Climate Change Plan Update) in the North of Scotland licence area analysis.

The project also initiated a data and information exchange with all of the local authorities that sit within each of SSEN’s licence areas. This process enabled Regen and SSEN to understand the location and trajectories for the development of new housing and commercial developments, as well understanding the impacts of local energy strategies, initiatives, decarbonisation targets and climate change declarations, at a local level.

For both licence areas, the results showed a significant evolution of the electricity generation capacity connecting and operating on the distribution network out to 2050. The analysis also highlighted a significant increase in the capacity of commercial and domestic battery storage, as well as some 5 million electric vehicles and 2.5 million heat pumps connecting by 2050 in some scenarios.

SHEPD Map Full

SEPD Map Full

The analysis for the DFES and LCT completed in December 2020 and was launched in mid January 2021, see our joint press release with SSEN here.

The two licence area reports are available to view and download from our publications page here.

SSEN


If you are interested in finding out more about this project with SSEN or our wider work in future energy scenarios, please contact Ray Arrell.


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 technical capabilities…
Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
Energy analyst
Bruce is a new intern at Regen. He will be assisting the data analytics…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Head of smart energy
Tamar is the head of smart energy at Regen. She strives to be at…
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
Senior project manager - Electric Vehicles and Innovation
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…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is currently on secondment, in the strategy team in the Cabinet Office working…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior Energy analyst
Jonty is a Senior Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Local energy coordinator
Ky specialises in local energy issues and supports the delivery of Regen’s community energy…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Jonathan Lamont
Jonathan Lamont
Energy analyst intern
Jonathan is a new addition to Regen fulfilling the role of graduate intern aiding…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle joined Regen in February 2020 and coordinates our communications, policy and impact activities,…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Rois Smith
Rois Smith
Energy analyst intern
Rois joined Regen in September as a graduate analyst intern.  Rois read Geography at…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
Energy analyst
As an analyst at Regen, Sophie works with data, mapping and visualisation tools to…
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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