Democratic Local Energy Models Project
'Building Local Economic Resilience Through Democratic Local Energy Models' Project (2016-2018)
Community energy groups have managed to drive innovative, long-term energy projects in every type of settlement, rural farming communities, urban centres and suburban conurbations. In this respect, community energy groups deliver where energy supply companies, or DNOs alone fail. It is the fact that local issues are being addressed, over and above the purely economic, that has fuelled the huge growth in groups in the UK over the last five years. This mobilisation of local, motivated and capable groups is a huge asset to UK PLC.
This project was undertaken to explore how community energy groups could be supported to deliver post-FIT business models, and to share the learning associated with them nationwide. Regen worked with three community energy groups during 2017 to explore new business models that could be viable and replicable in the current economic and regulatory landscape.
The project was delivered by Regen, in partnership with 10:10, Forum for the Future and Community Energy England. It was funded by the Friends Provident Foundation.
A range of outputs were produced by the project, providing both community energy groups and policy makers/regulators with the key learnings and lessons from the project. Specifically:
-A white paper that explores the current regulatory and economic barriers to growth for community energy groups and how these could be addressed to support them.
-Three reports that summarise the key learning points from the three community energy groups supported to develop new business model in community local supply, energy storage and renewable heat.
-A spreadsheet based ‘Ready Reckoner’ tool, that models how battery storage could impact solar PV arrays sited at secondary schools.
-A decision tree that looks at the issues around developing a local microgrid.