17 November 2016, 12.30-18.00

Stephen Scown, Exeter

This event helped delegates to embrace innovative models like local supply, adapt to policy changes, and connect to the grid.

The policy landscape has changed for communities significantly under the new government. This Regen Communities event helped groups to evaluate new business models and funding options, as well as understand how connections are a key element of renewable energy developments and the huge impact and opportunities they can present. We aimed to help groups understand how to navigate grid issues, find out how they could work together with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to secure a grid connection and what the innovative options are if there is currently no affordable capacity. It was about finding solutions and getting inspired to think outside the box.

Sessions included:

  • Funding options and new business models
  • Innovative solutions to grid constraints including smart technologies
  • Local supply options
  • Changing government policy
  • How the electricity network works and a guide to getting connected.

The event was free of charge for community energy groups, local authorities and Regen members, and £125 + VAT at 20 percent for anyone else, this event is supported by WPD.

Download the event agenda HERE


Emma Bridge, chief executive, Community Energy England  

Steve Gough, innovation and low carbon networks engineer, Western Power Distribution 

Tamar Bourne, senior project manager, Regen SW

David Cox, head of development, Good Energy   

Jodie Giles, senior project manager – communities, Regen SW 



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