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Smart, flexible and clean, or costly, dumb and dirty…
Community Energy
11 December 2019 Smart, flexible and clean, or costly, dumb and dirty…
Don’t worry, this isn’t some ‘50 Shades of Grey’ analogy for our energy system. This is a breakthrough moment with solutions to a hostile takeover of our valuable grid capacity.…
Regen manifesto analysis 2019
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
4 December 2019 Regen manifesto analysis 2019
If we needed reassurance that the climate emergency is firmly rooted in political priorities, this election should give it in spades. The manifestos of all major parties include the phrase…
A sketch of a new model for network governance and sustainability
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
3 December 2019 A sketch of a new model for network governance and sustainability
  Our newest paper, Energy Networks for the Future, highlights the need for a new partnership between the public and private sector to deliver the energy infrastructure needed to achieve…
Green Energy Awards recognises companies spearheading the charge to a zero carbon future
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
28 November 2019 Green Energy Awards recognises companies spearheading the charge to a zero carbon future
Mixergy, Oxford City Council and Brighton and Hove Energy Services Co-operative amongst winners highlighted by prestigious sustainable energy awards. Last night, on the 27 November, the sustainable energy industry gathered…
Decarbonisation scenarios in the North of Scotland
Future Scenarios
25 November 2019 Decarbonisation scenarios in the North of Scotland
We are pleased to share a summary report on the future energy scenarios we have developed for the North of Scotland for Scottish and Southern Energy Networks. This unique and…
Renewable Futures: Net-Zero Summit
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
31 October 2019 Renewable Futures: Net-Zero Summit
We all know that the speed and scale of action are not yet ambitious enough to meet the net-zero goal. So this year we have decided to turn our annual…
Local flexibility auctions need to support smarter solutions – not rely on fossil generators
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
28 October 2019 Local flexibility auctions need to support smarter solutions – not rely on fossil generators
The results of the first rounds of auctions to provide flexible capacity to support the electricity distribution network have proven the concept that flexibility can provide solutions that delay the…
New nuclear – playing on another field
Regen Arts Lab
25 October 2019 New nuclear – playing on another field
This month Regen responded with a letter to the consultation on a Regulated Asset Base (RAB) model for nuclear. The UK government had proposed RAB as a funding model to…
Government changes tack on planning regulations for storage
Smart Energy and Storage
16 October 2019 Government changes tack on planning regulations for storage
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a new approach to the planning regulations for storage, exempting any storage projects over 50 MW from the national…
Why should communities care about flexibility?  3. The future and the people
Community Energy
10 October 2019 Why should communities care about flexibility? 3. The future and the people
The full value of using energy in a flexible way is not yet fully realised, and as the markets develop and hopefully become more integrated, simplified and stackable, more people…
Graphic of the month – Offshore wind CfD results
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
9 October 2019 Graphic of the month – Offshore wind CfD results
This month’s graphic shows the offshore wind projects which were awarded Contracts for Difference (CfD) in the latest auction round. Those that were successful in bidding were awarded a ‘strike…
Future Homes Standard
Building and Energy Management
3 October 2019 Future Homes Standard
In a first step towards achieving the Future Homes Standard (FHS) announced by Philip Hammond earlier this year, MHCLG yesterday published a consultation on the uplift to standards in Part…
Why should communities care about flexibility? 2. The money
Community Energy
3 October 2019 Why should communities care about flexibility? 2. The money
This is the second blog in a series of publications about the environmental, economic and social value and implications of emerging local flexibility markets. This week I’ll be following the…
UK leaders in decarbonisation announced amongst finalists for the 16th annual Green Energy Awards
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 September 2019 UK leaders in decarbonisation announced amongst finalists for the 16th annual Green Energy Awards
We are very excited to be able to announce the finalists for the 16th annual Green Energy Awards. The awards are a leading national celebration of the innovative technologies, pioneering…
Why should communities care about flexibility? 1. Carbon reduction
Community Energy
26 September 2019 Why should communities care about flexibility? 1. Carbon reduction
In this series of three blogs I’ll share insight and key themes that have emerged from countless conversations with communities who look at flexibility in our energy system very differently…
EV driving experience – an EWiRE perspective
Transport
24 September 2019 EV driving experience – an EWiRE perspective
The transition to a net-zero carbon transport future is vital to help eliminate emissions from the sector and unlock new opportunities. In July, as part of our EWiRE initiative, we…
Staying flexible: why aren’t communities providing more network flexibility services?
Community Energy
23 September 2019 Staying flexible: why aren’t communities providing more network flexibility services?
Our energy system is undergoing radical change. Long-established patterns of demand are being disrupted by smart technologies like heat pumps and electric vehicles while renewable energy generation has increased variability…
Regen reaction to the Contracts for Difference Auction results
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
20 September 2019 Regen reaction to the Contracts for Difference Auction results
“Companies are now committing to building offshore wind farms in UK waters that will generate power at prices well below new gas-fired power stations, this was unthinkable just a few…
Nomination deadline for the 2019 Green Energy Awards
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
29 August 2019 Nomination deadline for the 2019 Green Energy Awards
The final week of shortlisting is underway for the prestigious Green Energy Awards 2019 with the initial nominations closing on 6 September. The awards are a leading national celebration of…
Learning from the power cut: 7 ways to make the UK energy system more resilient
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
22 August 2019 Learning from the power cut: 7 ways to make the UK energy system more resilient
The interim report[1] published by National Grid ESO into the cause, response and impact of the widespread blackout on the 9 August gives a very clear account of the mechanics…
Pump up the volume – making a case for heat pumps in domestic properties
Building and Energy Management
21 August 2019 Pump up the volume – making a case for heat pumps in domestic properties
Heat remains one of the most challenging areas of the UK energy system to decarbonise. A number of pathways are being explored, including deeper levels of energy efficiency, broad-scale electrification,…
Regen and ESN respond to National Grid’s interim report on the power cut
Grid and Network Management
20 August 2019 Regen and ESN respond to National Grid’s interim report on the power cut
National Grid’s interim report released today on the 9 August blackout sets out clearly how the electricity system worked in response to two generators dropping out. However, neither this review…
Power cut demonstrates value of fast-response assets like battery storage
Grid and Network Management
12 August 2019 Power cut demonstrates value of fast-response assets like battery storage
Lessons to be learnt An investigation is set to follow Friday’s widespread power cut which will no doubt shed further light on what happened, why it happened, and the impact…
The BESST ways to buy energy
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
5 August 2019 The BESST ways to buy energy
To really decarbonise our energy system, every home and business will need to play its part. Finding smarter ways of buying energy services that are not only low carbon, but…
Collaboration and innovation in community energy
Community Energy
29 July 2019 Collaboration and innovation in community energy
We were in Bridgwater recently with Western Power Distribution (WPD), delivering our fourth joint event, Local Energy, a Flexible Future. We’ve been around the Midlands and the South West to…
Opening up new opportunities for community energy
Community Energy
29 July 2019 Opening up new opportunities for community energy
On Wednesday last week, 35 people attended Western Power Distribution’s (WPD) event in Exeter to help communities and local authorities learn more about flexibility, why it’s relevant and what it…
The brave new world of local flexibility
Community Energy
29 July 2019 The brave new world of local flexibility
Last month Western Power Distribution (WPD) ran an event in Lincoln talking with communities and local authorities about the future of local energy. A flexible energy system will be key…
Bristol – Taking on the zero carbon challenge
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
25 July 2019 Bristol – Taking on the zero carbon challenge
Over 90 climate emergencies have now been declared by UK Local Authorities. Bristol was one of the first in November 2018 and the Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees also announced…
Ofgem’s investment guidelines highlight the need for a clearer decarbonisation mandate
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
23 July 2019 Ofgem’s investment guidelines highlight the need for a clearer decarbonisation mandate
As the leadership of the UK changes, this is an opportunity for the new Prime Minister, or Energy Minister, to make significant reforms towards decarbonisation. One of the highest priorities…
The concepts behind our Energy Generation in Wales in 5 minutes document
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
18 July 2019 The concepts behind our Energy Generation in Wales in 5 minutes document
A series of short stories: On the concepts behind our Energy Generation in Wales in 5 minutes document. Last year we produced a brilliant report, known as ‘Energy Generation in…
Planning out of sync with net zero-carbon future, RTPI report finds
Building and Energy Management
18 July 2019 Planning out of sync with net zero-carbon future, RTPI report finds
Planning needs to change to support a smooth transition to a net zero-carbon future, says a new report published by the RTPI. NPPF: lack of attention to smart energy The report…
Getting the energy industry to net-zero
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
17 July 2019 Getting the energy industry to net-zero
What do the CCC’s recommendations mean for the energy sector? The Committee on Climate Change released its progress report last week and added another hefty load to the mountain of…
Regen backs the urgent actions set out in the latest progress report from the Committee on Climate Change
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
10 July 2019 Regen backs the urgent actions set out in the latest progress report from the Committee on Climate Change
Today, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) have released another excellent report, setting out the UK’s progress towards meeting our carbon targets. We have seen increasingly forceful rhetoric from the…
The future of heat and the role of gas in our energy system
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
4 July 2019 The future of heat and the role of gas in our energy system
Developing regional future scenarios for heat and gas To support Wales & West Utilities’ future gas demand forecasting, network analysis and investment planning, Regen has been commissioned to undertake a…
Sharing the value of our future energy system
Community Energy
2 July 2019 Sharing the value of our future energy system
Community Energy Fortnight is always a good time to reflect upon the value that communities bring to our energy system, what motivates community organisations to participate in our energy system,…
Ofgem adopts ESN’s definition of storage in the electricity generation licence
Smart Energy and Storage
26 June 2019 Ofgem adopts ESN’s definition of storage in the electricity generation licence
Ofgem have today announced an amendment to the electricity generation licence which gives a formal definition to electricity storage. This follows their 2017 consultation which proposed to use the Electricity…
The future of local energy
Community Energy
13 June 2019 The future of local energy
Our energy system is changing, a third of all electricity generation came from renewables in 2018, and 15 Giga Watts (GW) of fossil fuel generation has come off the system…
Regen responds to new 2050 net zero target set by UK government
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
12 June 2019 Regen responds to new 2050 net zero target set by UK government
Regen welcomes today’s news that the UK government has committed to a net zero emissions target by 2050. For the county that led the industrial revolution to commit to zero…
Regen thrilled with OBE for chief executive, Merlin Hyman
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
10 June 2019 Regen thrilled with OBE for chief executive, Merlin Hyman
The Regen team was thrilled to hear over the weekend that our chief executive, Merlin Hyman, has been awarded an OBE in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours. The award is…
Graphic of the month – The decline of coal
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
3 June 2019 Graphic of the month – The decline of coal
The decline of coal Great Britain’s electricity system saw its first coal-free week for over 100 years this May (2019). At the time of publishing, we are in a second…
The ESN debates network charging
ESN Events
28 May 2019 The ESN debates network charging
Ofgem’s reforms to network charging are no longer a niche issue for network nerds – politicians, campaigners and the media are all picking up on the significance of the changes.…
Regen’s response to the CCC net-zero report
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
2 May 2019 Regen’s response to the CCC net-zero report
Regen has welcomed the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report recommending the UK sets a target to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 and called on government to take immediate action…
The looming capacity gap
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
1 May 2019 The looming capacity gap
The government’s own emission projections puts the UK on course to miss its legally binding carbon budgets, such that by 2032 it will overrun them by 10 percent. This was…
The Electricity Storage Network’s Annual Symposium
Smart Energy and Storage
30 April 2019 The Electricity Storage Network’s Annual Symposium
The mayor of London was recently lambasted by climate protesters for asking that we return to “business as usual”. Their palpable anger at this simple turn of phrase is reflective…
What is fair? Network charging for our future electricity system
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 April 2019 What is fair? Network charging for our future electricity system
Regen is part of an industry Challenge Group feeding into the ‘Access and forward-looking network charging Significant Code Review’. This Ofgem process is fundamentally changing how we pay for our…
Introducing the Current± Hub, the energy transition’s trusted directory
Smart Energy and Storage
29 April 2019 Introducing the Current± Hub, the energy transition’s trusted directory
Current±  is delighted to announce the launch of the Current± Hub, the smart supply directory for the energy transition. Since its launch in May last year, Current± has sought to chart the transition…
Climate protests gather momentum
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
18 April 2019 Climate protests gather momentum
Many of us at Regen attended the protests organised by Extinction Rebellion on Monday last week, with Olly putting in a full-on day of stewarding. Regen encouraged and supported us…
Where there’s a will, is there a (planning) way?
Smart Energy and Storage
27 March 2019 Where there’s a will, is there a (planning) way?
The Electricity Storage Network (ESN) has been concerned for some time with how the planning regime deals with storage. To debate the issue, we have been running events over the…
That’s all folks
Community Energy
22 March 2019 That’s all folks
A last minute spike in applications for the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) has breached the 41 MW cap for behind-the-meter solar PV installations over 50 kW. In our February Market Insight…
WPD release latest report ‘Shaping Sub-transmission South Wales 2019’ based on Regen future energy scenarios
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
21 March 2019 WPD release latest report ‘Shaping Sub-transmission South Wales 2019’ based on Regen future energy scenarios
We are excited that Western Power Distribution (WPD) have now published their latest Shaping Sub-transmission report for South Wales 2019 based on Regen’s distribution future energy scenarios (DFES) report which…
Regional Future Energy Scenarios for heat and gas
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
12 March 2019 Regional Future Energy Scenarios for heat and gas
Regen is working with Wales & West Utilities on a new regionalised approach to understanding the future of heat and the role of gas in our energy system. Underpinning all…
Smaller isn’t necessarily the lesser
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
5 March 2019 Smaller isn’t necessarily the lesser
Smaller isn’t necessarily the lesser News of the closure of closure of the Feed-in Tariff last year was not a surprise to many in the industry, but still of course,…
Consultation Response to the Targeted Charging Review
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
4 February 2019 Consultation Response to the Targeted Charging Review
Regen and the Electricity Storage Network (ESN) have responded to the recent consultation from Ofgem on the Targeted Charging Review which outlines how they plan to reform the distribution of…
Future of Network Charging
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 January 2019 Future of Network Charging
There is seemingly endless activity on network charging with several consultations and code reviews. To try and make sense of all this, we ran an event ton 22 January to…
New Report on Up-scaling Community Energy in Wales
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 January 2019 New Report on Up-scaling Community Energy in Wales
We’ve recently been commissioned by the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) to write a report producing recommendations for community and local ownership of renewable energy schemes in Wales. The report…
Prioritising a smart, flexible and low carbon energy system
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
16 January 2019 Prioritising a smart, flexible and low carbon energy system
The last few months have seen a barrage of policy changes coming from government and the regulator – some are minor, many will have a significant impact on the energy…
Reforming the planning regime for storage
Smart Energy and Storage
15 January 2019 Reforming the planning regime for storage
After being trailed in the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan in October last year, the government have published proposals to change the planning regime for storage. The Department for Business,…
Feed-in Tariff Closure – Government Decision
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
18 December 2018 Feed-in Tariff Closure – Government Decision
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has today published its response to the summer consultation to close the Feed-in Tariff scheme to new applicants. Despite over 90%…
A fair price for renewable energy – contact your MP
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
6 December 2018 A fair price for renewable energy – contact your MP
Since the Feed-in Tariff was capped and its closure announced in 2015, small-scale renewable generation has ‘nose-dived’, ‘fallen off a cliff’ or any other gravity-based metaphor that has been used…
Capacity Market Suspension
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
30 November 2018 Capacity Market Suspension
Amidst a fraught and challenging day for the UK government, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) found in favour of Tempus Energy, who have challenged EU state aid approval of…
All change for network charging…
Grid and Network Management
30 November 2018 All change for network charging…
Ofgem have published their Targeted Charging Review ‘minded to’ proposals for changes in how electricity users pay for the electricity network. The proposals are to move charges from paying for…
Survey to gather experience and ideas on planning for a smart energy future
Building and Energy Management
29 November 2018 Survey to gather experience and ideas on planning for a smart energy future
Regen is leading a project for the Royal Town Planning Institute (South West) on Planning for a Smart Energy Future, with Pell Frischmann, the Landmark Practice and the University of…
Groundbreaking projects and schemes honored at the Green Energy Awards
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
29 November 2018 Groundbreaking projects and schemes honored at the Green Energy Awards
On the night of the 27 November, the green energy industry gathered at a glittering awards’ ceremony in Bath to showcase and celebrate the companies, projects and individuals at the…
A people-centred new energy system
Community Energy
26 November 2018 A people-centred new energy system
We had a great event in Plymouth this week with Plymouth Energy Community (PEC), Western Power Distribution (WPD), and 83 participants. The number of people who took part demonstrates the…
The art of collaboration
Community Energy
22 November 2018 The art of collaboration
One of the strongest themes that has run through the event series held by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Regen is collaboration. Without it, projects would find it hard to…
Determination over despondence
Community Energy
22 November 2018 Determination over despondence
“limiting global warming to 1.5°C with no or limited overshoot would require rapid and far-reaching transitions in energy… These systems transitions are unprecedented in terms of scale” IPCC Special Report…
Planning for a smart energy future: How can planning stay ahead of the curve in supporting the transition to a smart energy future?
Smart Energy and Storage
9 November 2018 Planning for a smart energy future: How can planning stay ahead of the curve in supporting the transition to a smart energy future?
The Royal Town Planning Institute has commissioned Regen, The Landmark Practice, Pell Frischmann and the University of the West of England to undertake a research project on planning for a…
Government changes to fracking planning regulations
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
24 October 2018 Government changes to fracking planning regulations
The government is about to close two consultations which propose significant changes to the planning regulations surrounding fracking. Fracking started in the UK last week for the first time in…
Fracking Up – UK energy policy in a muddle
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
19 October 2018 Fracking Up – UK energy policy in a muddle
The Green Great Britain Week was intended to be a celebration of the UK’s low carbon industries and the progress that has undoubtedly been made to decarbonise the UK economy.…
A Progress Update to the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
16 October 2018 A Progress Update to the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan
In July 2017, BEIS and Ofgem published a joint vision of how the UK is to adapt to our changing energy system – Upgrading Our Energy System: Smart Systems and…
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…
Book Review of  “Burn Out  The Endgame for Fossil Fuels” By Dieter Helm
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
8 March 2017 Book Review of “Burn Out The Endgame for Fossil Fuels” By Dieter Helm
Given the punchy title you might think that Professor Dieter Helm, Oxford University’s preeminent energy academic, has finally turned on the industry to which he is closely associated. Not so,…
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…
Oil Price Collapse – not all bad news for Renewable Energy
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
8 March 2015 Oil Price Collapse – not all bad news for Renewable Energy
The steep fall in the oil price to below $50 a barrel has been the economic story of 2014. We may have hit rock bottom according to the latest statement…

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