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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 and will look 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.

Stakeholder engagement
A key part of this project is engagement and consultation with local stakeholders, from local government, to developers, installers, and community energy groups. The feedback directly influences the models and assumptions that are made during this analysis, the results of which will be finalised in the autumn of 2021.

Project team and contact
Regen and WPD welcome your input at this stakeholder consultation.

If you have any questions relating to this overview document or about the project itself, please contact Jonty Haynes, senior energy analyst at Regen on jhaynes@regen.co.uk.


1st July 2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am



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