Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum: Next steps for local and community energy in the UK

Published: 14 December 2020

Energy Systems Catapult’s Chief Technology Officer, Eric Brown, is presenting at the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum: Next steps for local and community energy in the UK – project development, market growth, infrastructure, and the contribution to a clean economic recovery on 29 January 2021.

This conference will examine developments in local energy and the policy surrounding it, including discussion around the Local Electricity Bill; implementation of the Smart Export Guarantee scheme and the pathway to a greener sector.

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the HSE, DIT, the Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Office for Product Safety & Standards; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.

Eric is participating in the 9.55am session: ‘Overcoming commercial challenges for local projects – opportunities presented by the Local Electricity Bill, designing effective strategies, building partnerships, and updating the local supplier license regime’ alongside Camilla Usher-Clark, Partner, Burges Salmon; Rupert Blackstone, Director, Wattcraft and Chair, Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group, IMechE and Chris Hewett, Chief Executive, Solar Trade Association.

Eric will be drawing on the Catapult’s work with local areas, with particular focus on the Energy Revolution Integration Programme (ERIS) projects, as well as our Local Area Energy Planning expertise.

Wider sessions during the course of the day will focus on:

  • Priorities for local and community energy projects – support, expansion, and policy to reduce barriers
  • Developing smart and local energy systems – latest progress on flagship projects across the UK
  • Overcoming commercial challenges for local projects – opportunities presented by the Local Electricity Bill, designing effective strategies, building partnerships, and updating the local supplier license regime
  • Community energy project development and the contribution to locally-led economic growth and recovery
    • Rolling out energy efficiency modernisation, overcoming physical installation challenges, and the impact of the Green Homes Grant
    • Building up local supply chain demand and delivering electricity decarbonisation at a regional level
    • Scaling up public partnerships and the delivery of local clean capacity – supporting local developers, the supply of local power, and reducing consumer costs
  • Infrastructure that meets the needs of local energy systems – flexibility, adding distributed resources, and closer integration with local networks
  • Routes to market for community energy – reducing barriers, innovation in tariffs, and achieving competitive rates of return
  • Regulatory reform – options for a whole-systems approach that supports local and community engagement
  • Policy priorities for expanding local and community energy projects in the UK – market incentives, funding for innovative schemes, and supporting the local net-zero transition

This event is taking place remotely via online channels. To sign up or find out more about the event, click on the booking link on the right of this page.