Project duration: February 2020 – November 2020

Regen has analysed four scenarios for the future of distributed energy out to 2050 for four regions of the country.
The results of our work with WPD to develop ‘Distribution Future Energy Scenarios’ for new electricity generation, storage, and demand out to 2050 to inform network planning and investment are now available.

The South West region technology results and assumptions report is available here.
The South Wales region technology results and assumptions report is available here.
The East Midlands region technology results and assumptions report is available here.
The West Midlands region technology results and assumptions report is available here.

The data is available via an interactive map on the WPD website.

For a brief summary of the results by region, four regional reviews have also been published.

The South West regional review is available here.
The South Wales regional review is available here.
The East Midlands regional review is available here.
The West Midlands regional review is available here.

We have just lived through a decade of great change in the energy system, and are looking forward to further, greater change in the near future. Regen worked with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to produce the 2020 Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) for each of their four licence areas, consulting with over 125 local authorities, as well as developers and community energy groups to develop stakeholder-led future scenarios to inform network planning and investment at WPD.

This refreshes our previous analysis process for the 2019 DFES, for the first time including three net zero scenarios.

Regen consulted with local stakeholders in May 2020

Due to the ‘ongoing circumstances’ relating to gatherings of large people, this year we moved online to host four consultation webinars with WPD and Regen speakers discussing local issues with over 200 stakeholders across the licence areas. To see the slides, recordings, and summary reports of these sessions, please click here.

A preview of the West Midlands licence area stakeholder engagement report is shown below, the reports cover who attended the events, the results of the live questions, and a summary of how we are incorporating direct stakeholder feedback in the modelling for WPD DFES 2020.

 

Regen has previously published several studies, looking at renewable and non-renewable electricity generation, electricity storage, and the growth of electricity demand from new-builds as well as new disruptive demand from electric vehicles and their chargers, heat pumps and air conditioning.

  • Regen has published DFES with WPD since 2016, the previous study is available here
  • Regen has assessed how decarbonisation will change the use of the gas grid, our regional growth scenarios are available here

WPD Midlands English


If you are interested in finding out more about our future energy scenarios work and this project, please contact Frankie Mayo or any of the analyst team at Regen.


 

People on this project

Poppy Maltby
Head of cities and regions
Poppy is Head of Cities and Regions at Regen. She is leading our work…
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…

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