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Last Updated: 15th December 2021

Market-based approaches to demand side flexibility have started to emerge across Europe in recent years.  

This whitepaper, based on in-depth research carried out by Delta-EE, covers six points.

  • Market-based approaches to demand side flexibility sit in a hierarchy of smart tariffs, markets, and direct control.
  • DSO flexibility markets are at an early stage – approaching business as usual in two countries, with pilot projects and trials in several others.
  • There is a danger of DSOs focusing narrowly on their own needs and not considering whole system flexibility
  • Several platforms are being used by DSOs to help them procure flexibility. We identify four defining criteria which can be used to categorise platforms.
  • We identify six trends where the market is – and needs to – move towards.
  • Investing in developing market liquidity is critical to success

We strongly encourage DSOs, solution providers and others to rapidly develop their demand side flexibility strategy and activities – it will be an important additional tool to facilitate the energy transition.

Last Updated: 12th November 2021

While the current energy crisis is undoubtedly having a terrible impact on many customers, it does provide the sector with an opportunity to get in shape for the energy transition.

With this in mind, we have identified four key takeaways from the crisis that needs to be addressed to ensure a distributed energy system with customers at the centre and to get us in better shape for the energy transition:

  • Current retail energy markets are not fit for a decentralised, highly efficient, low-carbon future
  • We need to transform how the energy sector engages with and empowers customers
  • Smart energy communities should be empowered
  • We urgently need more demand management and flexibility

Learn about these points in more detail in the latest whitepaper from our research team.

Last Updated: 09th November 2021

The UK housing market is expected to grow to around 300,000 homes annually by 2030. To deliver this level of growth whilst simultaneously meeting our net zero targets, we will need to apply a wide range of technology and business model innovations. Energy Communities are seen as an integral part of this transition. Microgrid as a Service (MaaS) propositions address a number of key obstacles to meeting this challenge and offer significant benefits to developers, network operators, communities, and society at large.  

Learn more in this new whitepaper from our Local Energy Systems research team.

Last Updated: 21st October 2021

Since early 2020, Europe has witnessed a step-change in EV adoption. Delta-EE's EV team has returned to its forecast model to explore how this has shifted. This whitepaper presents the Delta-EE forecast for EV adoption in 2030 and discusses the drivers for this scenario.

Learn more about our EV charging research here.

Last Updated: 21st October 2021

Obtaining electricity network connections for new housing developments is often constrained by the current regulatory investment methodology as well as by technical and other factors.  

This is being exacerbated by increasing electrical demands arising from the electrification of heat and mobility to meet decarbonisation targets. 

This can result in sub-optimal investment decisions focused primarily on short-term compliance workarounds, rather than lifetime performance on either environmental or economic grounds.  

Today, in order to justify any network investment which is to be included within a DNO’s regulatory asset base (RAB) there must be a demonstrable immediate need for network capacity. This means that, even if there is a clear future need for, say, an investment in a particular area adjacent to a site already under construction, unless an application is imminent, it is not permissible for the DNO to make anticipatory investments. This often results in sub-optimal network design (which is developed piecemeal rather than strategically) and results in long delays for new or upgraded connections. 

Such delays may result in a project representing too high an investment risk for a potential developer and will at least result in increased costs being passed on from the DNO to the developer. It may even result in certain sites which might otherwise represent good investment opportunities becoming unviable to the commercial loss of the developer, but also to the detriment of communities which need additional homes, or to the environment if potential renewable generation cannot be connected economically. 

Potential solutions in this area have been discussed over many years.  However, the increasing urgency to both stimulate economic growth in the wake of the global pandemic and to develop sufficient numbers of low carbon homes have added a new imperative to the debate. 

A number of actions are required including the development of implementable solutions to the specific regulatory, technical, economic and other obstacles. This paper explores these challenges and makes a number of recommendations. 

Last Updated: 24th February 2021

Following our whitepaper “5 things that investors should know”, we have decided to help energy companies at the start of another tough year by providing key insights from our European customer research.

For an effective energy transition the use of renewable energy sources is not enough. A wide adoption of energy efficient technologies and behavioural change is needed to unlock the real potential of distributed renewable energy sources.

However, innovation and technologies alone are not enough to convince energy customers to buy products that would accelerate the transition. Here is why.

Last Updated: 04th January 2021

Published in December 2020 in Raconteur, by The Times, the Future of Infrastructure discusses taking on the net zero challenge. Delta-EE's EV research team talks about the Road to making the electric dream a reality. Featuring insights from other key industry experts.

Last Updated: 05th May 2020

Delta-EE's Capability Statement - giving details of all our subscription-based research services, and consultancy experience, translated into Japanese.

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