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Fracking Up – UK energy policy in a muddle
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
19 October 2018 Fracking Up – UK energy policy in a muddle
This week the government has been championing the success of the UK’s low carbon industries and decarbonisation progress to date. It has been an odd sort of Green Great Britain…
Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan: Progress Update
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
16 October 2018 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan: Progress Update
Regen and the Electricity Storage Network welcome BEIS and Ofgem’s progress update on their 2017 Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan. The actions on policy and regulatory barriers, changes to planning…
Regen’s response to the IPCC report
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
8 October 2018 Regen’s response to the IPCC report
The sobering report from the International Panel on Climate Change today sets out the urgency of transforming our energy system.   The dramatic growth in renewables this decade shows what…
Capacity Market – Call for Evidence
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
4 October 2018 Capacity Market – Call for Evidence
The Capacity Market is up for its 5-year review and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently closed their call for evidence which kicked off that process. In…
Communities in the energy ecosystem
Community Energy
3 October 2018 Communities in the energy ecosystem
Despite the challenges that have come its way over the past few years, the community energy sector is more determined than ever to play a key role in our energy…
15th Green Energy Awards shortlist announced
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
24 September 2018 15th Green Energy Awards shortlist announced
We are excited to have announced the prestigious annual Green Energy Awards. The awards are a leading national celebration of the innovative technologies, pioneering companies and inspiring individuals shaking up…
In search of the Holy Grail
Community Energy
24 September 2018 In search of the Holy Grail
The holy grail of community energy is local energy markets where communities can generate renewable energy and supply it via the public network to local homes and businesses. With the…
Access and Forward Looking Charges
Grid and Network Management
20 September 2018 Access and Forward Looking Charges
How we pay for our electricity network in the future will be critical to how the energy system develops to support more decentralised and decarbonised generation and flexibility. Ofgem decided…
Feed-in Tariff Closure
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
14 September 2018 Feed-in Tariff Closure
The government announced their intention to close the generation element of the Feed-in Tariff back in 2015 and have recently put out a consultation on the details of that closure.…
Response to BEIS’ call for evidence: ‘The Future for Small-Scale Low-Carbon Generation’
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
31 August 2018 Response to BEIS’ call for evidence: ‘The Future for Small-Scale Low-Carbon Generation’
BEIS recently released two major consultations for the small-scale renewable sector. One outlines the closure of the Feed-in Tariff and the other is a wider call for evidence looking for…
The call for local flexibility services: what, where, when (and how much?)
Grid and Network Management
17 August 2018 The call for local flexibility services: what, where, when (and how much?)
Distribution networks seeking flexibility As part of the transition to Distribution System Operator (DSO), many of the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) are currently exploring the potential to procure flexibility…
Launch of three new case studies developed for Western Power Distribution
Community Energy
15 August 2018 Launch of three new case studies developed for Western Power Distribution
Regen has developed three new case studies, alongside some short animations, looking at the growth of electric vehicles, the shift to Distribution System Operator and the role of local flexibility markets,…
Capacity Market for a renewable future? Call for evidence
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
13 August 2018 Capacity Market for a renewable future? Call for evidence
Capacity Market for a renewable future? Call for Evidence The government this week released a new call for evidence (CfE) to inform a five year (statutory) review of the operation…
Energy storage prospectus and expression of interest on behalf of Cornwall Council
Grid and Network Management
8 August 2018 Energy storage prospectus and expression of interest on behalf of Cornwall Council
On behalf of Cornwall Council, Regen is working on the development of an energy storage solution at the Aerohub site in Newquay, Cornwall (UK). The prospectus and expression of interest outlines…
Ofgem’s proposals for network charging should make everyone take notice
Grid and Network Management
1 August 2018 Ofgem’s proposals for network charging should make everyone take notice
On 13 September we are running an event, with Ofgem, on the future of network charging. Book to attend here.  Until recently most renewable energy generators lived in blissful ignorance…
Revised National Planning Policy Framework published
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 July 2018 Revised National Planning Policy Framework published
The revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on 24 July 2018, following a consultation on the proposed revisions earlier this year.   In relation to planning for the low carbon future, the…
We need to talk about green energy tariffs
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
23 July 2018 We need to talk about green energy tariffs
We need to talk about green tariffs….. There has been a rapid growth in the number of low-cost green tariffs on offer for renewable electricity. This has been accompanied by…
Substantially increase the share of renewable energy by 2030? Not on today’s sloped playing field
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
23 July 2018 Substantially increase the share of renewable energy by 2030? Not on today’s sloped playing field
The UK needs to substantially increase the share of renewable energy by 2030 to achieve Target 7.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Poppy Maltby from Regen explores whether this is…
New opportunities for community energy
Community Energy
20 July 2018 New opportunities for community energy
We had a great day in Cardiff at our Flexibility Markets for Beginners event at the start of July, this is a key area for communities to engage as we…
Flexible power – a step towards local supply and addressing fuel poverty
Community Energy
20 July 2018 Flexible power – a step towards local supply and addressing fuel poverty
Anyone on Economy 7 is used to the idea of using electricity at night, when it’s cheaper. Doing this on a local scale to avoid costly upgrades on the local…
Rethinking our energy system from the bottom up
Community Energy
20 July 2018 Rethinking our energy system from the bottom up
Having just run a series of three participatory events for community and local energy folk entitled ‘flexibility markets for beginners’, plus a community energy feast and site visit, I’ve come…
Consultation on the closure of the Feed-In Tariff Scheme
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
19 July 2018 Consultation on the closure of the Feed-In Tariff Scheme
The government has today published two documents that the small-scale renewable energy industry has been waiting for. These are the long-awaited consultation on the future of the Feed-in Tariffs Scheme and also a call for evidence on the…
Electricity Storage Network (ESN)
Smart Energy and Storage
17 July 2018 Electricity Storage Network (ESN)
Regen is very pleased to announce that, from 1 July, we have agreed to take on the management and coordination of the Electricity Storage Network (ESN), a network of businesses, academics and industry…
Launch of three new animations developed for Western Power Distribution
Community Energy
2 July 2018 Launch of three new animations developed for Western Power Distribution
Regen has developed three new animations looking at the growth of electric vehicles, the shift to Distribution System Operator and the role of local flexibility markets, on behalf of Western Power…
Positive Power – five reasons to feel good about energy
Community Energy
27 June 2018 Positive Power – five reasons to feel good about energy
There were 23 community organisations at Smart Energy marketplace last week, we celebrated the start of Community Energy Fortnight with a Feast for the Future in Devon on Friday, and…
Nominations for the Green Energy Awards are now open
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
25 June 2018 Nominations for the Green Energy Awards are now open
We are delighted to announce that entries are now open for Regen’s annual Green Energy Awards. This year, for the first time, all of the awards will be celebrating the…
WPD turns to local flexibility to address local network challenges
Grid and Network Management
24 June 2018 WPD turns to local flexibility to address local network challenges
Building on a trial looking for flexibility services in the Midlands last year, Western Power Distribution (WPD) has now extended their call for flexibility to other areas around the UK,…
Harnessing the transport revolution
Transport
16 June 2018 Harnessing the transport revolution
The world is about to undergo another major transport revolution. Just as steam replaced horsepower and oil has replaced steam, 21st century transportation will be revolutionised by low carbon and…
Local flexibility in five steps part five: what does it mean for you?
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
18 May 2018 Local flexibility in five steps part five: what does it mean for you?
In our final blog about the development of the local flexibility market, we look to understand what the rise of this market means for potential providers. These blogs draw on…
Smart Grids and the role of the DSO
Grid and Network Management
10 May 2018 Smart Grids and the role of the DSO
A critical part of the framework required to enable decentralised energy and smart grids is to have a system operator at the local distribution level of the electricity network. The…
Local flexibility in five steps part four: how a local flexibility platform could work
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
4 May 2018 Local flexibility in five steps part four: how a local flexibility platform could work
In the fourth blog of our series on the development of the local flexibility market, we look at how the high-level process of procuring and enacting local flexibility might work…
Local flexibility markets in five steps, part three: the role of a local flexibility market
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 April 2018 Local flexibility markets in five steps, part three: the role of a local flexibility market
In the third blog in our series on the development of local flexibility, we explore the role of the local flexibility market itself, drawing on our work with Open Utility…
New report shows Swansea Bay City Region can take a major step towards meeting its total energy needs through renewable energy
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 April 2018 New report shows Swansea Bay City Region can take a major step towards meeting its total energy needs through renewable energy
View the report here. New report shows Swansea Bay City Region can take a major step towards meeting its total energy needs through renewable energy A new energy simulation model shows…
Local Flexibility Markets in Five Steps Part Two: Benefits for DSOs
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
25 April 2018 Local Flexibility Markets in Five Steps Part Two: Benefits for DSOs
Benefits for DSOs This is the second in our series on local flexibility drawing on the experience of Open Utility in developing an online marketplace for local flexibility. When we…
People, Power and Happiness
Community Energy
24 April 2018 People, Power and Happiness
We launched the Devon Community Energy Impact Report today and it has loads of useful data demonstrating the added value of locally owned, grassroots energy activity. The generation of 17,431…
Local Flexibility Markets in Five Steps Part One: Local Flexibility Trials
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
19 April 2018 Local Flexibility Markets in Five Steps Part One: Local Flexibility Trials
Local flexibility is one of the most active innovation areas in the electricity system. The first of our series of five blogs looks at the emerging lessons as to how…
New energy guide launched to help communities innovate their way to smarter, cleaner energy system
Community Energy
11 April 2018 New energy guide launched to help communities innovate their way to smarter, cleaner energy system
Local electricity network operators have joined forces today to produce a guide to help communities to get involved with innovation projects to support a smarter, cleaner energy system. The guide…
The transport revolution will accelerate the transition to clean and smart energy systems
Grid and Network Management
10 April 2018 The transport revolution will accelerate the transition to clean and smart energy systems
The transport revolution will accelerate the transition to clean and smart energy systems. Download the full report here. The transport system is about to undergo a revolution. Just as steam…
The role of Electric Vehicles in a Smart Grid
Smart Energy and Storage
30 March 2018 The role of Electric Vehicles in a Smart Grid
Smart grid technology provides the means to match up supply and demand at a local level. A critical part of a smart grid is to have forms of flexibility in…
Utility Scale Solar and Storage: Getting the Pipeline Flowing
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
24 March 2018 Utility Scale Solar and Storage: Getting the Pipeline Flowing
Utility Scale Solar and Storage: Getting the Pipeline Flowing Support from governments across Europe has enabled solar power to grow rapidly and drive down costs. With government subsidy support now…
Ten years of carbon budgets – will heat prove too difficult?
Building and Energy Management
20 March 2018 Ten years of carbon budgets – will heat prove too difficult?
A lot has changed since the 2008 Climate Change Act; legally binding carbon budgets have been met by rapidly decarbonising our electricity supply, largely due to significant amounts of PV…
Energy Utopia
Community Energy
2 March 2018 Energy Utopia
2 March 2018 On a very cold and snowy day in Birmingham, we met with a few very dedicated community energy folk who braved the weather to hear the latest…
Democratic as well as Decarbonised
Community Energy
28 February 2018 Democratic as well as Decarbonised
28 February 2018 One of Regen’s first initiatives to support the developing community energy sector, was to work with partners to set up Communities for Renewables CIC (CfR), to provide specialist expertise…
Peer to peer trading and microgrids – the next big thing?
Community Energy
21 February 2018 Peer to peer trading and microgrids – the next big thing?
21 February 2018 As most of the community energy world looks around for new business models that work, a few brave souls are tackling innovative projects head on to bring…
Future flexibility markets for beginners
Community Energy
16 February 2018 Future flexibility markets for beginners
16 February 2018 How can we make our energy system more democratic, decentralised and decarbonised? What will the transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to Distribution System Operator (DSO) mean…
Accessing the network benefits from local matching – a working model?
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
26 January 2018 Accessing the network benefits from local matching – a working model?
Communities and local generators often want to supply electricity directly to local customers and it feels intuitively right that doing this should cost less than if they used the full…
Ups and downs in the Renewable Heat Incentive – will biomass remain as the dominant technology?
Building and Energy Management
26 January 2018 Ups and downs in the Renewable Heat Incentive – will biomass remain as the dominant technology?
26 January 2018 The government last week released the latest statistics relating to the Renewable Heat Incentive, covering the period to December 2017 since the scheme’s inception in November 2011. During Q4…
New study on the future challenges for the electricity distribution network
Building and Energy Management
24 January 2018 New study on the future challenges for the electricity distribution network
24 January 2018 Over the past two years, Regen has been working closely with Western Power Distribution to produce scenarios for demand on our electricity networks. Based on these scenarios,…
Response to Committee On Climate Change Review
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
17 January 2018 Response to Committee On Climate Change Review
  The review by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) of the government’s Clean Growth Plan published today and the government’s response provides a good new year insight into areas we can expect to see policies…
Energy generation in Wales
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
15 December 2017 Energy generation in Wales
Wales now generates over 43 percent of its electricity consumption from renewables, contributed to by over 67,000 renewable energy projects.  While the UK and England are without a renewable energy…
First ever community dinner with a DNO
Community Energy
15 December 2017 First ever community dinner with a DNO
  40 community representatives joined Western Power Distribution for dinner on Tuesday. The dinner was part of a festive renewable energy site visit at Castle Drogo to see the restored…
The future of network charging: What will it cost to access the grid? – Part 2
Community Energy
11 December 2017 The future of network charging: What will it cost to access the grid? – Part 2
The way access to the electricity network is allocated and charged for is, in our view, currently the single most important policy and regulatory issue for a decarbonised and decentralised…
Certain uncertainty
Building and Energy Management
24 November 2017 Certain uncertainty
This week has seen the budget confirm the end of the Feed in Tariff and no further support for renewables until 2025. Only time will tell what this means for the…
The future of network charging: What will it cost to access the grid? – Part 1
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
22 November 2017 The future of network charging: What will it cost to access the grid? – Part 1
22 November 2017 What price access to the grid? – Part 1 The way access to the electricity network is allocated and charged for is, in our view, currently the…
Paper on the ‘next wave’ of energy storage paper launched
Smart Energy and Storage
1 November 2017 Paper on the ‘next wave’ of energy storage paper launched
When Regen published its first market insight paper looking at storage – Energy Storage: Towards a commercial model – in 2016, battery storage was still an emerging sector. We were certainly seeing…
Options for providing heat locally
Building and Energy Management
10 October 2017 Options for providing heat locally
Heating our homes and businesses is responsible for some 20% of our carbon emissions.[1] Whilst emissions from power sector have been failing we are behind on our commitments to reduce emissions…
Mind the Gap: the role of the Renewable Heat Incentive in UK carbon targets
Building and Energy Management
14 September 2017 Mind the Gap: the role of the Renewable Heat Incentive in UK carbon targets
The government’s recent announcements relating to the reform of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) address some important technical issues; however, whilst working through the detail for our briefing for Regen…
The Empire Strikes Back
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 June 2017 The Empire Strikes Back
The Empire Strikes Back? Ofgem recently announced they will proceed with their plans to dramatically reduce ‘embedded benefits’ received by distributed generators from £45 per kW to £2 per kW,…
Launch of WPD storage consultation report
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
14 May 2017 Launch of WPD storage consultation report
WPD has been working with Regen to develop an approach to model the growth and operation of storage. As part of this modelling work, we developed and issued a consultation paper, aiming…
Response to Ofgem’s ‘Targeted Charging Review’
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
8 May 2017 Response to Ofgem’s ‘Targeted Charging Review’
Regen have responded to Ofgem’s Charging Review calling for holistic review of the network charging regime that focuses on how charging for use of the electricity network can better support…
Local Flexibility Markets in Five Steps Part Two: Benefits for DSOs
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
25 April 2017 Local Flexibility Markets in Five Steps Part Two: Benefits for DSOs
This is the second in our series on local flexibility drawing on the experience of Open Utility in developing an online marketplace for local flexibility. When we first discussed this…
Ofgem Embedded Benefits Consultation
Grid and Network Management
2 March 2017 Ofgem Embedded Benefits Consultation
02 March 2017 Ofgem have proposed dramatically reducing ‘embedded benefits’ received by distributed generators from £45 per kW to £2 per kW. This would be phased in between 2018 to…
In praise of high voltage interconnectors
Grid and Network Management
27 February 2017 In praise of high voltage interconnectors
27 February 2017 Interconnectors – high voltage cables linking Great Britain’s energy system with our partners in Europe – are set to become a critical part of the UK’s future…
Report on the future of distribution networks
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
6 February 2017 Report on the future of distribution networks
6 February 2017 It is now broadly accepted that we are shifting to a decentralised and flexible energy system, the question is how such a system will work in practice.…
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Policy Priorities
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
20 October 2016 Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Policy Priorities
20 October 2016 As the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) settles in, we thought members would be interested in our take on the emerging priorities. There…
Who pays for the grid?
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 September 2016 Who pays for the grid?
30 September 2016 Changes announced for the future treatment of embedded benefits The question of who pays for the grid, and the methodology used to calculate network charging has vexed energy…
Smart power revolution at risk from ‘tinkering’ with grid charging
Smart Energy and Storage
20 September 2016 Smart power revolution at risk from ‘tinkering’ with grid charging
20 September 2016 Smart power revolution at risk from ‘tinkering’ with grid charging The smart power revolution is being put at risk by tinkering with charging for use of the…

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