Our energy system is undergoing a radical transformation. One of the key challenges at a time of rapid change is to plan and invest in the future of network infrastructure.

Project duration: November 2015 onwards

Scenarios development
Western Power Distribution (WPD), therefore, commissioned Regen to develop detailed scenarios to understand the future development of distributed energy and demand at a local level up to 2030. We examined the growth potential of grid connected renewable energy technologies, electricity storage and demand from electric vehicles and heat pumps, against four scenarios based on National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios. Growth potential was analysed on a local geographic basis, down to “bulk supply point”.

Our reports for WPD’s licence areas are now available:

WPD has published its reports the licence areas, Shaping sub-transmission to 2030, based on the growth potential data we provided, which assesses options for reinforcement and provides recommendations for ‘low regret’ investment. For example, looking beyond 2020 to 2025 and 2030, the scenarios in the report indicate that further reinforcement is required under every scenario.

WPD has also commissioned Regen to assess the growth of battery storage under a set of business models Regen identified in the recently published Energy Storage – Towards a Commercial Model 2nd Edition. As well as this growth assessment, Regen have also been tasked to identify a set of key operating modes for given storage systems and analyse how they are expected to interact with the network under different scenarios. Daily and seasonal profiles for each of these operating modes are being developed, giving the expected periods of charge and discharge in much the same way as WPD has a standard generation profile for Solar PV. A consultation paper on this work will be published the first half of 2017.

Lead by: Joel Venn
Contact: jvenn@regensw.co.uk

People on this project

Ray Arrell
Ray Arrell
Senior project manager - storage and networks
Ray’s main focus is to continue Regen’s work and understanding around energy storage, flexibility…
Tamar Bourne
Tamar Bourne
Senior project manager - smart energy lead
Tamar leads Regen’s smart grids and local supply projects including; a network innovation trial…
Jobe Bryer
Jobe Bryer
Intern
Jobe is currently doing an internship with Regen to gain experience and knowledge of…
Tom Crawley
Tom Crawley
Graduate Intern
Tom is currently doing an internship with Regen to gain knowledge and experience of…
Olly Frankland
Olly Frankland
Project manager
Olly manages a variety of projects and has developed specialisms in electric vehicles, community…
Kerry Hayes
Kerry Hayes
Projects, events and external affairs manager
Kerry is now the projects, events and external affairs manager here at Regen and…
Ky Hoare
Ky Hoare
Graduate intern
Ky is currently doing an internship with Regen to gain experience and knowledge of…
Merlin Hyman
Merlin Hyman
Chief executive
Merlin leads Regen’s mission to transform how we generate, supply and use energy. Merlin…
Poppy Maltby
Poppy Maltby
Senior project manager
Poppy is a Senior Project Manager at Regen working on future scenarios and energy…
Frankie Mayo
Frankie Mayo
Energy analyst
Frankie is an Energy analyst, working on delivering future energy scenario assessments as well…
Ben Robertson
Ben Robertson
Graduate intern
Ben is currently doing an internship with Regen to gain experience and knowledge of…
Joel Venn
Joel Venn
Senior analyst
Joel is a senior analyst at Regen, responsible for delivering our future energy scenarios…
Hazel Williams
Hazel Williams
Head analyst and local authority lead
Hazel delivers pulic sector advisory services for local authorities and other public sector organisations…

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