Project duration: February 2019 to August 2019

The BESST (Bristol Energy Smart System Transformation) project will design a customer focused way to deploy smart energy and digital technology at scale. It aims to reduce energy system costs and deliver a radically new customer experience for local energy consumers and businesses. The project is funded by Innovate UK.

We are working with a multi-disciplinary consortium to integrate existing technology and commercial offerings to reach a tipping point and unleash mainstream adoption of local energy system offerings. Our partners are Upside Energy, Bristol City Council, Bristol Energy Network, Bristol Community Transport and Sever Net.

The project aims to create a cluster of smart homes and businesses across four wards in west Bristol, including the Avonmouth and Severnside enterprise area.

Digitally integrated within a flexibility and Smart City Platform, these energy consumers will then be empowered to take advantage of a number of new and innovative energy service propositions, such as new smart and local generation tariffs, ‘Energy as a Service’ models, energy management and optimisation and, in the future, energy peer-to-peer trading and local energy markets.

The focus of the design phase is on engaging with both customers and new smart energy supply chain actors to validate the value propositions and confirm the technical, commercial and regulatory architecture. The goal is that, by the end of this phase, the solutions can be rolled out and will form an integral part of the wider Bristol City Leap programme, which is seeking over £875 million of public/private investment to transform the energy landscape of the city.


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People on this project

Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart grids and local supply projects including; a network innovation trial…
Johnny Gowdy
Johnny is a director of Regen and leads the development of our commercial projects.…
Rachel Hayes
Head of networks and development ; Director of the Electricity Storage Network
Rachel leads Regen’s networks and development, as well as the organisation’s events, marketing and communications.…
Ben Robertson
Energy Analyst
Having recently completed a 6-month internship with Regen, Ben works as an energy analyst…

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