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12th July 2018 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Technology means that we rely on electricity more than ever, charging our phones, appliances and now our cars. All this delivers greater challenges to our electricity network operators, who have to balance the electricity supply and demand locally to ensure there’s enough electricity to go round.
In some cases, this can lead to limitations on how much electricity can be generated and used at certain times in local areas. This challenge however creates opportunities - one of these being local flexibility.

View the presentations below:

Introduction to local flexibility markets – Jodie Giles, senior project manager, Regen

Transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to Distribution System Operator (DSO), trialing participation in flexibility markets through innovation projects, and how it links to community energy groups – Yiango Mavrocostanti, innovation and low carbon networks manager, Western Power Distribution

Communities and their role in local flexibility markets – Emilia Melville, energy systems engineer, Carbon Co-Op

Housing, batteries and flexibility – Dr Rob Shipman, Project SCENe

Lessons on flexibility from circular economy projects in Scotland – Nigel Hargreaves, associate, Pixie Energy Associate


Where the electricity network is constrained, communities, small energy generators and domestic customers have the potential to support the electricity network by providing flexibility in return for money. This can be provided by reducing, changing or even increasing their electricity use, increasing the electricity they generate and/or using battery storage.

The current markets for flexibility are designed for large scale players and the current national system is very different to what is required locally.

Western Power Distribution and Regen held a series of interactive events to bring together community energy groups, energy generators and the public to discuss local flexibility markets and how they can best work. We asked:

  • What is the role of a local flexibility market?
  • What are the benefits of local flexibility to your community?
  • How can small scale generators and community energy groups get involved in local flexibility markets?
  • How would a local flexibility market work successfully?


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12th July 2018
10:00 am - 1:30 pm


9A Beck St
Nottingham, NG1 1EQ
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