Community Energy: The Next Generation – hosted by REGEN

My thoughts on the conference by Bob Langton from Low Carbon Gordano

I don’t think I’ve ever been to an event with better networking possibilities. I’m not one of the world’s natural networkers and sometimes find myself waiting for the formal sessions to start again but not today – whether it was catching someone from Western Power Distribution to discuss grid availability, or the inspirational Clare Mains from PEC to seek advice on fuel poverty issues, or Fred Barker from Transition Stroud Community Energy Acton Group to talk about links between regional groups, or….the time just evaporated.

The other feeling I left with was what a shame we’re not based in Wales, where the government seems to understand both the seriousness of the climate challenge and the potential offered by community groups. Back to the grind in North Somerset!

 

REGEN’s follow up

Please see the presentations from the day here.

The event also saw the launch of the Institute of Welsh Affairs’ (IWA) latest report outlining recommendations for how to protect, promote and achieve scale in community and local ownership of renewable energy in Wales. You can find out more and view the publication here.

During the afternoon, Sam Rossi Ashton, from WPD discussed the Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) and ways to keep up to date with calls for innovation. You can find further information regarding this here and the Smarter Networks Portal here.

Other useful documents and resources

  • WPD community energy schemes – view here
  • WPD community energy guides, podcasts and videos – view here
  • Connecting Community Energy: A guide to getting a network connection – download here
  • Rough Guide to Engaging Communities in Energy Network Innovation – download here
  • Electricity Network Innovation Guide for Communities 2018 – download here
  • Local supply paper – download here
  • Energy Storage – The Next Wave – download here
  • Energy Storage – Towards a Commercial Model – download here
  • Harnessing the Electric Vehicle Revolution – download here
  • Network charging for a flexible future – download here
  • Local supply paper – download here
  • Energy Storage – The Next Wave – download here
  • Energy Storage – Towards a Commercial Model – download here