Community and localised energy supply can benefit consumers, renewable generators and network operators. Many community energy groups, local authorities, housing associations and other organisations have shown an interest in local supply. But as yet, there are very few examples of groups selling their energy directly to the local community and there is concern about the commercial and regulatory barriers to local energy markets. So where do we go from here?
At this conference we will examine what local supply projects are currently in place, what issues they have faced and how policy or regulatory changes can help solve these problems. And in the context of increasing grid constraints restricting the development of local generation, we will look at how local markets can help deliver a sustainable energy future.
The conference includes speakers from DECC, Ofgem, community energy groups, private energy networks, electricity supply and trading companies and local authorities. Discussions and networking will enable project developers, suppliers, local authorities and community groups to understand the current state of community energy and evaluate proposals to develop this important market sector.
- Policy overview and context
- Examples of local supply models
- How local supply can overcome grid constraints
- Fiona Booth, head of community energy, DECC
- Jeff Hardy, sustainable energy policy team, OFGEM
- Sonya Bedford, partner, Stephens Scown
To book for this conference please click here.
M Shed Bristol, Thursday 25 June 2015