First ever community dinner with a DNO, 15 December 2017

On Tuesday 40 community representatives from across the south west had dinner with their Distribution Network Operator (DNO), following a muddy winter walk to see the Castle Drogo hydropower and biomass projects on Dartmoor. It was a unique opportunity for community groups to learn more about renewable energy systems, and discuss their innovative community energy project ideas with one of Western Power Distribution’s (WPD) leading engineers in an informal setting.Read more

Energy generation in Wales, 15 December 2017

Wales now generates over 43 percent of its electricity consumption from renewables, contributed to by over 67,000 renewable energy projects. While the UK and England are without a renewable energy or renewable electricity target after 2020, Wales is making strides towards its 2030 target of 70 percent of its electricity consumption being generated by renewables.Read more

The future of network charging: What will it cost to access the grid? - Part 2, 11 December 2017

This is the second blog in response to Ofgem’s proposals for a fundamental review of electricity network charging launched at the Charging Futures Forum.Read more

Taking the Power Back, 8 December 2017

As our energy system changes, people are increasingly aware of the amount we pay, the carbon impact and their opportunity to have more control of how they generate and use energy. The seismic shift from centralised fossil fuel generation to decentralised renewables, perhaps the biggest change since the arrival of that national grid, is a huge opportunity to rethink the energy system.Read more

Can local energy = cheaper energy? 30 November 2017

The electricity supply market is going through a period of rapid change. The days of the ‘big six’ are coming to an end and we are seeing more and more innovative supply models emerge. The chief exec of Ofgem, Dermot Nolan, has issued a clear warning that “change is coming” and even talked about the role of the traditional energy supplier becoming redundant.Read more

Celebrating innovation: Green Energy Awards winners, 30 November

This year the Green Energy Awards were more popular than ever, and judging was a particularly difficult task. Those that won were shortlisted from over 100 nominations and had to demonstrate commitment and innovation in the renewable energy sector.Read more

The future of network charging: What will it cost to access the grid? - Part 1, 22 November 2017

The way access to the electricity network is allocated and charged for is, in our view, currently the single most important policy and regulatory issue for a decarbonised and decentralised energy system. We welcome Ofgem’s proposals for a fundamental review of electricity network charging launched at the Charging Futures Forum. But… the devil will be in the detail and there are, inevitably, vested interests with a strong voice in this process.Read more

Paper on the ‘next wave’ of energy storage paper launched, 1 November 2017

The question we decided to ask ourselves at Regen is what are the business models for the ‘next wave’ of storage projects? The result of that thinking is a follow up paper – Energy Storage: The Next Wave.Read more

Helm cost of energy review, 25 October 2017

The Helm review of the cost of energy published today was conceived before the last election in the days of Nick Timothy in No.10. This was to be the tool to implement the Conservative 2017 manifesto pledge to deliver the cheapest energy costs in Europe – the logical conclusion of the ‘Green Crap’ school of thought.Read more

Clean Growth Strategy – leading the way to a low-carbon future?, 12 October 2017

The government’s long awaited Clean Growth Strategy was published today – we have been reading through to see what it tells us about the direction of policy. We have put some first thoughts below and will be looking in more detail in weeks ahead and at our Renewable Futures conference.Read more