Regen supported UK Power Networks in developing its open data offering. The aim was to develop a collaborative community of open data users who could help shape and develop the data services provided by UKPN.

Project duration: June 2021 to November 2022


As we progress to net zero, the electricity networks will be required to connect significantly more low carbon technologies and to intelligently plan and manage their networks. Opening up electricity network data can enable innovators to create new products and services, it can drive up performance and deliver benefits for customers. Open data will play an important part in enabling smarter and more efficient ways of working.

Regen worked with users and stakeholders to raise awareness of the opportunities and to identify:

What do people want data for (the use case)? And what other ideas can we come up with?

How do they want to access it (the user design requirements)? And can we design the perfect service together?

We engaged through multiple channels during 2021 and 2022 to reach as many interested groups as possible.

Activity to date

You can find out more by taking a look at the following videos and publications (the most recent first).

In November 2022, UK Power Networks published a Local Authority Data Page on its Open Data Portal, compiling work that Regen led to prioritise datasets needed for Local Area Energy Plans. This piece of work was informed by direct stakeholder engagement with Essex County Council and Greater London Authority to identify the 30 most pressing planning challenges faced by local government, and the datasets needed to address them. The 153 datasets that were identified as part of this research can be seen on the Local Authority Data Page

Screenshot of UK Power Networks Local Authority Data Page

Between December 2021 and January 2022, we looked more closely at how DNO data can support planning for net zero. The findings of this work are summarised in the following report:

The raw data from the online survey is openly available here under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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The launch of UK Power Networks’ data portal:

You can also watch the launch webinar for the Enabling open energy data programme below:

During the launch webinar, we asked stakeholders about what was most important to them and how they would like to engage going forward. The findings from this exercise are summarised in the report below:

Regen’s first contribution to the project was a high-end literature review of stakeholder engagement findings in open energy data to date to inform future engagement. The review of literature on open data engagement in the energy sector can be read here:

The data that sits behind the analysis of use cases is available here.

People on this project

Tamar Bourne
Head of innovation
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Merlin Hyman
Chief Executive
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Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Senior Energy Analyst
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