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New opportunities for community energy
Community Energy
20th 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
20th 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
20th 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…
Electricity Storage Network (ESN)
Smart Energy and Storage
17th 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
2nd 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
27th 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
25th 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
24th 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
16th 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
18th 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
10th 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
4th 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
30th 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
30th 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
25th 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
24th 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
19th 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
11th 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
10th 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
30th 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
24th 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…
Energy Utopia
Community Energy
2nd 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
28th 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
21st 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
16th 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
26th 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
26th 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
24th 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
17th 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
15th 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
15th 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
11th 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…
The future of network charging: What will it cost to access the grid? – Part 1
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
22nd 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
1st 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…
Launch of WPD storage consultation report
Decarbonisation and Energy Strategy
14th 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
8th 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
25th 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
2nd 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
27th 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
6th 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
20th 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
30th 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
20th 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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