As a membership organisation, we form our policy responses from our 200 business, local authority and community energy members that support our mission to transform the energy system. We have extensive experience of guiding the sector through shifts in the energy system over the last decade and influencing change at the heart of government.  Please see a summary of our current policy activity below.

A key benefit of membership is Regen representing your voice with government and key players and responding to these consultations in the best interests of the sector.

We have identified 5 policy priorities which we will address in 2020

  1. Local energy planning and investment
  2. Creating a fair regulatory framework for low carbon generation and technologies
  3. Decarbonisation of heat and energy efficiency
  4. Electricity markets for a net zero electricity system
  5. EV charging and its impacts on the electricity network

Local energy planning and investment

Aim: We need a new model for local governance of energy which allows local bodies to plan for and invest in energy policies which can deliver their ambitious climate goals.

Exec Summary

Our delivery projects and advisory work with devolved governments, local authorities, and DNOs, have helped us identify where the barriers are to delivering low carbon energy and how such barriers can be addressed. Actions might include; a new body to oversee local energy plans, better reflection of local priorities in the price control and investment process, and support for co-investment and risk sharing models. Our recent paper, Energy Networks for the Future outlines our research and recommendations to improve the regional authority and DNO relationship. Our upcoming paper, “Communities, cities and regions leading the low carbon revolution” will provide a sound evidence base and recommendations to support local energy planning and investment

Member input

Regen sits on the RIIO2 Decarbonisation and Environment Working Group and we welcome input from members. We invite members to attend the launch of the paper, “Communities, cities and regions leading the low carbon revolution” and provide feedback on our recommendations.

 

 


Creating a fair regulatory framework for low carbon generation and technologies

Aim: A better defined, statutory remit for Ofgem to consider decarbonisation, including thorough analysis and prioritisation of decarbonisation in network charging reforms and the RIIO2 process.

Through our work on network charging, our involvement in the RIIO2 working groups, and feedback from members on REGOs and access to markets, we have seen the consequences of Ofgem’s lack of statutory remit to consider decarbonisation. Our efforts last year to push this issue forward resulted in politicians raising this in parliament, and Ofgem addressing the issue directly as part of their network charging reforms and releasing their Decarbonisation Action Plan.

Our paper, Energy Networks for the Future, provides research and evidence on the RIIO process and recommendations for its improvement.

Member input

We sit on the network charging reform Challenge Group and welcome any input that we can share with this group. Regen sits on the RIIO2 Decarbonisation and Environment Working Group and the Smart Systems Forum where these issues can be raised further. We invite members to attend our Solar Developers’ Forum to contribute to this debate.

For further information network charging, you can re-watch our January webinar or take a look at the slides.


Decarbonisation of heat and energy efficiency

Aim: Tangible, ambitious action on the decarbonisation of heat and the roll out of new and retrofit energy efficiency measures.

Regen Heat Paper - Front cover

Through our delivery projects such as the Zero Energy Building Catalyst and Ready for Retrofit, and our advisory work for gas and electricity DNOs, we have a practical and indepth understanding of how the most challenging area of decarbonisation can be carried out.

Our paper on the Decarbonisation of Heat,  gives clear recommendations and includes proposals for the financial frameworks necessary to achieve ambitious change.

Member input

Regen sits on the National Grid’s Future of Gas Forum and we would welcome input from members.

We invite members to read our Decarbonisation of Heat paper, and provide feedback on our recommendations.

There are several heat-related strategies being released from the government and we are engaging with members to provide input and response.


Electricity markets for a net zero electricity system

Aim: Better valuation of carbon in electricity markets, including clear carbon reporting on all markets and services, and setting emissions limits where feasible/appropriate.

Our work on markets over the years includes our insight papers on storage and local flexibility, regular community engagement work with DNOs on their local flex offerings, engagement with BEIS and Ofgem to improve the Capacity Market and working with the ESO to improve markets for storage. This has given us a practical understanding of how markets need to change to enable net zero.

Member input

We invite members to attend our Solar Developers’ Forum to contribute to this debate. We also engage regularly with the ESO from a storage perspective and we invite ESN members to input and attend these meetings, as well as furthering discussions at our Markets and Revenues Working Group.


EV charging and its impacts on the electricity network

Aim: Understanding, analysing and communicating the impacts of EV charging on the electricity network.

Our analytical work with DNOs to produce future energy scenarios, our extensive engagement with the EV industry and DNOs, and our work with local authorities has given us an indepth understanding of the impacts of the EV network and how DNOs need to take this into account as they plan for the future.

Our paper, Harnessing the EV Revolution, set out the opportunities and challenges for the EV and energy industries and we have built on that expertise with industry engagement through our EV and Electricity System forum.

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