Isle of Wight - Network Investment Study

Regen is working with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, the Isle of Wight Council and other representatives from the Isle of Wight to develop an evidence case around future investment in the electricity network on the island.

Project duration: May 2022 – March 2023

Project lead: Ray Arrell

The study’s core output is to provide a written evidence case report, to support SSEN’s business plan application to Ofgem, to enable the Isle of Wight’s future growth/aspirations to expand renewable generation, low carbon technology adoption, electrification of other sources of demand and wider net-zero ambitions.

The study builds on the analysis and granular future scenario projections that Regen produced for SSEN’s Southern England licence area, through the latest edition of their Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) assessment: https://www.regen.co.uk/project/ssen-distribution-future-energy-scenarios-2021/

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For further information on this project, please contact Ray Arrell, Head of Technical Development, rarrell@regen.co.uk

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Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
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Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
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Tamar Bourne
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Ellie Brundrett
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Ky Hoare
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Jonathan Lamont
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George Middlemiss
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Grace Millman
Grace Millman
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Hannah Stanley
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Joel Venn
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Hazel Williams
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Regen are continuing to work with Western Power Distribution to outline a range of credible future scenarios for WPD’s four licence areas, based on local and regional evidence and stakeholder engagement, to guide WPD’s distribution network planning.

Project duration: May 2022 – November 2022

Project lead: Jonty Haynes, senior analyst

As the UK government ramps up ambitions to rapidly reduce carbon emissions on the way to a net zero 2050, the energy system is undergoing intense change – however, there is significant uncertainty around how this change may occur. In order to plan and prepare for this accelerating energy system evolution, Regen is working with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to produce the 2022 Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) for each of their four licence areas, consulting with over 125 local authorities and regional decision-makers, project developers, asset owners, energy consumers, community energy groups and trade bodies to develop bottom-up, stakeholder-led regional future scenarios to inform WPD’s network planning and investment.

Now an annual process for each Distribution Network Operator, each DFES builds on the analysis and engagement undertaken over the previous years. The scenarios cover distribution-connected generation and storage, from solar and wind farms to gas-fired generation and batteries, alongside key sources of energy demand such as electric vehicles, heat pumps, new housing developments and hydrogen electrolysers, within the framework the National Grid ESO Future Energy Scenarios (FES).


HELP TO SHAPE THE FUTURE OF YOUR LOCAL ELECTRICITY NETWORK

Noun Discussion 1614203 005A63As part of this project, we are running consultation webinars for the East Midlands, West Midlands, South Wales and South West. Your feedback will directly influence the main models and assumptions that are used during this analysis, which is being undertaken over the course of 2022. During these webinars, attendees will have the opportunity to respond to questions we have for you about a number of the key technologies we are modelling, as well as an opportunity to ask questions back to us, and to understand WPD’s use of the DFES analysis and wider network planning processes.

If you are interesting in attending one or more of these events, please see further details and how to register here.


The WPD DFES 2021 outputs, including four licence area reports and interactive data maps, have been published in on WPDs website here.

Regen has also undertaken DFES assessments for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, covering their Southern England and North of Scotland licence areas; see here.

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

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Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
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Ray Arrell
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Bruce Bardsley
Bruce Bardsley
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Tamar Bourne
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Ellie Brundrett
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Becky Fowell
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Simon Gill
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Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
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Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
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Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
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Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
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Jonathan Lamont
Jonathan Lamont
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Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
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Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
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George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
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Grace Millman
Grace Millman
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Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
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Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
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Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
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Sophie Whinney
Sophie Whinney
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Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
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Project duration: January – March 2022

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

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

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

Download a copy to view offline.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project or our offshore renewables work, please contact Grace Millman.

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Following on from this study, Regen is working with the University of Exeter to evidence the suitability and potential benefits of creating a new South West hub for the development and testing of clean marine propulsion systems. This study will be published in June 2022. For more information, contact Jack Adkins.

 

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Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
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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
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Christine Chapter
Christine Chapter
Head of innovation
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Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
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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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
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Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
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Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
Jonty Haynes
Jonty Haynes
Senior energy analyst
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Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Project manager - community and local energy
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
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Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst
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Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
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Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
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Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
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Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
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The UK has set out clear ambitions for a net zero energy system. Critical to this challenge is ensuring that new generation and low carbon technology can connect to the grid quickly and easily, and at the capacity and volume needed to meet net zero.

In response to this challenge, Regen and the Electricity Storage Network (ESN) have set up a working group for members which provides an opportunity to discuss issues impacting access to the electricity grid, engaging closely with the network operators.

Topics covered by the group include:

  • Commitments on connections under RIIO-ED2
  • Ofgem’s Access and Forward-Looking Charges Review
  • Connection codes and policies for energy storage (e.g. Engineering Recommendation P28)
  • Interaction between distribution and transmission network
  • Timescales for ANM connections

If you are a member of Regen or the ESN and would like to join this working group, please contact Estelle (elimon@regen.co.uk) to express your interest.

If you are not a member but are interested in finding out more about membership, please find more information here and contact Hannah (hstanley@regen.co.uk) or Estelle (elimon@regen.co.uk) to discuss.

 

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Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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 coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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
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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?

Project duration: December 2021 – ongoing

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Regen is working alongside National Grid ESO’s Bridging the Gap programme to addresses the challenge of how a net zero power system could operate during more challenging periods of the year. How will 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, remain flexible enough to deal with the diverse conditions that the British weather and energy system will throw at it?

In early 2022 we completed the first ‘Day in the Life’ showing how a 2035 net zero electricity system may operate on a challenging day in winter, a day with high demand and low availability of renewables. Our report looks at how we can continue to operate a secure system and manage low renewables through energy storage, flexible low carbon generation and interconnection.

We are now working on a second ‘Day in the Life’ focusing on a day of challenging summer conditions. This means finding ways of keeping the system secure and stable when demand is low and the availability of wind and solar is high. Traditionally much of the system’s stability services and its ability to respond to unexpected faults has been provided by fossil fuel generation – by 2032 we need those services, as well as our energy, to come from zero carbon sources.

The work looks at some of the specific pieces of the puzzle 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?


Day in the Life 2035 – a winter’s day

Click below to view the full publication:

Download a version to view offline here

This publication was launched in March alongside National Grid ESO’s Bridging the Gap programme. Read the press release here.

With particularly high levels of interest in the project, we hosted a Q+A session to discuss some of the assumptions and uncertainties in the Day in the Life 2035. A recording of the session can be found here.


Day in the Life 2035 – a summer’s day

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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

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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 coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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 March 2022

Innovation is central to the ability of the networks to rise to the challenge of net zero and we’re excited to support Energy Networks Association (ENA) in the launch of the Energy Networks Innovation Strategy.

Regen was commissioned by ENA to revise and refresh the strategy to ensure that network innovation continues to be coordinated, focused on the key priorities for the energy system and delivers benefits to energy consumers.

The innovation landscape has evolved since the network innovation strategies were last published in 2020 and so have the priorities and views of energy network stakeholders. With the input and feedback of a diverse group of stakeholders, we’ve ensured that the underlying principles, themes and focus areas that guide network innovation continue to tackle our biggest challenges for 2022 and beyond. Stakeholder feedback has shaped every section of this strategy and we thank all those who were involved throughout.

The aim of the strategy is to enable stakeholders to understand the key priorities for network innovation and how to get involved. You’ll find this information, and lots more, in the strategy and you can also explore these concepts by navigating the interactive infographics below.

  • The first infographic gives you an overview of the network innovation themes and principles. When you click on a segment, a pop-up will appear summarising key information. You can also explore the innovation focus areas defined in the strategy and relevant network project case studies.

  • The second infographic is a high-level guide that maps out the key stages involved in delivering an innovation project from an initial idea to successful implementation and benefits realisation. By clicking on each step of the process, a pop-up will appear highlighting where this strategy can help and signposting to further information and relevant links.

You can read the full 2022 Energy Networks Innovation Strategy by clicking the image below.

Front Cover

 

 

Stakeholder engagement:

The development of the 2022 Energy Networks Innovation Strategy was underpinned by an extensive stakeholder engagement process, and we thank everyone who gave their time and thoughts to help shape the future of network innovation.

We first invited stakeholder views with the launch of an online consultation and associated webinar where we asked for feedback on the proposed updates to the principles and themes governing network innovation for 2022. We heard from 138 of you and at least 80% of you agreed with our proposed revisions to each of the innovation themes. The online consultation summary report can be read here.

View the slides from the webinar here. The recording from the webinar can be watched below.

We then ran two workshops in early 2022, attended by 199 stakeholders, to explore in detail the key focus areas sitting underneath the themes. These focus areas are intended to help innovators better understand how they can collaborate on network innovation projects by clearly laying out the priorities within each theme. The workshop summary report can be read here.

Within the strategy, we’ve included a high-level guide which maps out the key stages involved in delivering an innovation project from start to finish. We hope this will help the innovation community better understand how to collaborate with the networks to solve some of the biggest challenges faced by the industry.

To find out more about this project, contact Grace Millman.

 

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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 coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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.

Take a look at the insight blog and podcast below and watch this space for more.

Regional Energy Scenarios Insight Series

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

Blog by Grace Millman, energy analyst

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.

Read the blog

 

The UK energy storage pipeline

Podcast by Ray Arrell, head of technical development and Bruce Bardsley, energy analyst

Screenshot (226) In this episode of Regen’s Transforming Energy podcast, Ray Arrell, head of technical development, and Bruce Bardsley, energy analyst, take an in-depth look at the UK energy storage pipeline.

This podcast was produced as part of the Electricity Storage Network (ESN) Annual Marketplace – find out more about the event here. If you’re not yet a member of the ESN, find out more about our work and how you can get involved here.

Listen on Spotify

Listen on Apple Podcasts

People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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
Jonathan is an energy analyst at Regen. Jonathan achieved a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics,…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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 coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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 coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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.


People on this project

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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 coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
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 the events manager at Regen, leading on the development and efficient management…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
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

Jack Adkins
Jack Adkins
Senior energy analyst
As a senior energy analyst at Regen, Jack enjoys applying his skills and knowledge…
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…
Robbie Evans
Robbie Evans
Graduate intern
Robbie has recently joined Regen as an intern after graduating from the University of…
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…
Becky Fowell
Becky Fowell
Graduate energy analyst
Becky has recently joined Regen as a graduate energy analyst and will be assisting…
Simon Gill
Simon Gill
Associate director, Scotland
Simon leads the development of Regen’s work in Scotland, as well as providing a…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny Gowdy
Director
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our advisory projects,…
Rachel Hayes
Rachel Hayes
Associate director
Rachel is a key member of our leadership team and leads Regen’s strategic partnerships…
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
Project manager - community and local energy
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
Jonathan is an energy analyst at Regen. Jonathan achieved a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics,…
Estelle Limon
Estelle Limon
Policy and impact coordinator
Estelle coordinates Regen's policy, communications and impact activities, working to strengthen our external profile,…
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…
George Middlemiss
George Middlemiss
Graduate intern
George joined Regen in February 2022 as a graduate intern. He will be working…
Grace Millman
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Fraser Stewart
Fraser Stewart
Just transition lead
Fraser is driving work on energy justice and just transitions at Regen. From a…
Prina Sumaria
Prina Sumaria
Local energy coordinator
Prina specialises in local energy issues, supporting Regen's community energy programme. During her time at…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Sophie Whinney
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Energy analyst
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Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Associate director
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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.

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