Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford
Thursday 27 June
10:00 – 15:00
Community and local energy organisations across the UK are a key part of our changing energy system. As we move towards a decentralised and decarbonised energy future, local and community participation will be key to gaining customers trust and engaging people with the changes and benefits of using energy in a smarter and more flexible way.
This series of events, held by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Regen, provides an interactive forum to continue the collaboration and learning that is fundamental to local energy projects.
The events provided community energy groups, local authorities and local energy stakeholders with a ‘beginner’s guide to flexibility’, supporting attendees to learn about how flexibility services work, and discussing how to provide a service to generate additional revenue. We explored the latest intelligence from projects happening on the ground, and heard from the most advanced community and local energy projects. WPD experts were on hand to update us on the latest innovation projects, and to help us learn about the emerging value we could access from new flexibility markets. Flexible Power is about building partnerships that generate income for local organisations and can enable WPD to accommodate increasing demand for electricity without having to build a larger network, so that customers benefit from a resilient energy supply and reduced future energy costs.
WPD will be procuring Flexible Power demand response services in the Lincoln, Bridgwater, Exeter and Stafford areas during 2019/2020.
You can view the presentations from the day below:
- Introduction to Southern Staffordshire Community Energy and Chase Community Solar, Mike Kinghan
- Beginner’s Guide to Flexibility, Jodie Giles
- WPD Flexibility Services, Helen Sawdon
- Flexibility and Retrofit: new roles for the community energy sector, Ben Aylott
- WPD Innovation work and Community Energy, Yiango Mavrocostanti