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.