Local electricity network operators have released a guide to help communities to get involved with innovation projects to support a smarter, cleaner energy system. The guide is being published by Energy Networks Association and community energy expert Regen.
The ‘Electricity Network Innovation Guide for Communities’ features practical advice for community energy groups who want to get involved in smart energy projects. It also features examples of innovative projects, such as smart charging for electric vehicles.
Randolph Brazier, Head of Innovation and Development at Energy Networks Association (ENA) said: “Through innovation we are already driving the delivery of green energy, connecting more than 28GW of distributed energy projects in recent years – that’s half of Britain’s total energy demand at peak times – and community energy groups have played a key part in that, helping to facilitate this once in a generation shift we are currently experiencing.”
Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen, said: “Building a smarter, cleaner and decentralised energy system is about people as well as technology. We are pleased to be working with local electricity network operators to enable community energy groups to be at heart of the pioneering innovation projects that are reshaping our energy system to the benefit of all.”