Regen works with Western Power Distribution (WPD), the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) for the East and West Midlands, South Wales and the South West, to deliver eight community energy engagement events a year, held across its four licence areas. These free events are open-to-all but especially aimed at community energy groups, local authorities, academics and local energy stakeholders, providing a platform to discuss the latest developments in the sector and how communities can be involved.
The events being held in 2018 and 2019 build on earlier community energy engagement events that Regen and WPD have been running since 2015. The energy system is changing rapidly and with the announcement of the end of the Feed-In Tariff Scheme, we believe it’s important to continue delivering relevant events that help community energy groups understand future opportunities from new innovations and business models. The first three events in the current series ran throughout July and focused on local flexibility markets and how they can best work for small-scale generation owners and community energy groups. These events are valuable for WPD customers as they:
- keep them up to date with the latest connections and innovation news
- help them engage in the changes to the energy system, including the transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to Distribution System Operator (DSO)
- give them direct access to highly experienced WPD staff
- help them share learning from local projects
- support regional networking.
As these events go on, it’s clear that the relationship between the community groups and WPD is developing, with conversations becoming ever-more positive and forward-looking. Read our blogs following on from the Flexibility Markets for Beginners events in July, from Cardiff, Birmingham, and Nottingham. We’ll be running the next series of community engagement events with WPD in autumn 2018 so watch this space for details.
We’ve also worked with WPD to produce a set of animations explaining some of the current changes in our energy system, including this one on the role of local flexibility – a full list is available here.
Alongside there are three case studies on the some of the same topics available here.