Project duration: May 2021 – November 2021

As the UK government ramps up ambitions to rapidly reduce carbon emissions on the way to a net zero 2050, the energy system is set to undergo intense change over the coming years. Regen is working with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to produce the 2021 Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) for each of their four licence areas, consulting with over 125 local authorities, project developers, asset owners and community energy groups to develop bottom-up, stakeholder-led regional future scenarios to inform network planning and investment at WPD.

This refreshes our previous analysis process for the 2020 DFES, which detailed three potential net zero scenarios for each of WPD’s four licence areas. The scenarios cover distribution-connected generation and storage, from solar and wind farms to gas-fired generation and batteries, alongside key sources of energy demand such as electric vehicles, heat pumps, new housing developments and hydrogen electrolysers.

As the last decade has proven, energy system changes can be heavily localised. We will be holding stakeholder engagement webinars for each licence area in June 2021, to ensure we capture stakeholder views and knowledge bespoke to each region that will be reflected in the scenario analysis.

The four licence area summary reports will be published in Q4 2021. The outputs of the previous analysis, WPD DFES 2020, are available here:

Regen has also undertaken distribution future energy scenarios for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, covering their Southern England and North of Scotland licence areas, which can be seen here:

If you are interested in finding out more about this project with WPD or our wider work in future energy scenarios, please contact Jonty Haynes.


People on this project

Bruce Bardsley
Graduate intern
Bruce is a new intern at Regen. He will be assisting the data analytics…
Jonty Haynes
Energy analyst
Jonty is an Energy Analyst at Regen delivering a range of technical support services.…
Tamsyn Lonsdale-Smith
Energy analyst intern
Tamsyn is a new starter at Regen as an energy analyst intern and will…
Frankie Mayo
Senior energy analyst
As Senior Analyst at Regen Frankie has lead Regen's 'future energy scenarios' assessments, assessing…
Grace Millman
Energy analyst
Grace is an energy analyst at Regen delivering high quality research, analysis and energy…
Hannah Stanley
Events manager
Hannah is part of Regen’s events, membership and communication team to help keep our…
Joel Venn
Head analyst
As head analyst, Joel is responsible for leading and developing Regen’s analytical team, as…
Sophie Whinney
Graduate intern
Sophie is a new starter at Regen on a graduate internship and will be…

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