Community Energy Groups are pioneering new ways of working within our energy system. Working with Distribution Network Operators to trial new projects is one of these ways.

The way we generate electricity is changing from a centralised system with a handful of large power stations, to a distributed network of over one million smaller renewable energy generators. Demand for electricity could double by 2050, and the way we are using it will be different, for example the amount of battery storage is set to increase, and more of us will be using electric vehicles.

All this creates challenges for the national grid and distribution network operators (DNOs) who have to balance supply and demand to make sure the lights stay on.

In this Podcast Chloe Uden speaks to Jodie Giles, Regen’s Community Energy project manager about why Distribution network operators want to work with community energy groups and what communities can hope for as part of their involvement.

This podcast has been made with support from Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and is part of Regen’s ongoing programme to support community energy.

Links:

Regen’s report – Engaging communities in network innovation

Artwork by Pat Cullum

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