Local Energy Systems Research

Understand and respond to the challenges and opportunities from the growth in energy communities, microgrids and local energy markets

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"Energy is becoming more localised. Distributed assets are becoming more widespread. Energy is increasingly being optimised bottom up rather than top down, enabled by advances in software and controls systems. ​

Energy communities, in various forms, are developing fast, capturing more and more value locally.

In some instances, the emerging need for improved levels of resilience is leading to technology innovations such as islandable microgrids.

This brings many opportunities – and challenges – for companies ranging from network operators through to product manufacturers, service providers, electricity retailers, and regulators & policy makers."
Rita Desmyter, Local Energy Systems expert
  • How can we make money out of local energy systems? What are the opportunities now and in the future?
  • What are the social and environmental values and benefits that local energy systems bring?
  • What are the potential roles for incumbents, and is the localisation of energy a threat or opportunity?
  • How do we engage communities to support, optimise and influence the development of local energy?
  • How are regulations and market structures for local energy systems emerging across Europe, and how are these shaping the opportunities?

Delta-EE's Local Energy Systems Research Service answers all these questions and provides analysis, insight and opinion on how local energy communities, markets and microgrids are growing, enabling you to develop the right strategy and activities to respond to the challenges and capture the opportunities.

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Recently published reports

Local Energy Systems Definitions
This document is intended to help define key terms and concepts community used in the Local Energy Systems Research Service. The document starts by defining what a local energy system is before continuing to explain key concepts. This is followed by technical terms and acronyms.
Customers' attitudes towards Local Energy Systems
This report presents customer attitudes towards LES business models such as energy communities, peer to peer trading and locally sourced energy tariffs in five European energy markets. The main findings are that overall attitude is positive and most engaged customers should be the first ones to be targeted. It also emerged that penetration of LES schemes have different drivers and potential in each market with Italy and France being more customer driven than Germany, UK and the Netherlands where regulations and incentives will need to be put into place to boost adoption.
Collective Self-Consumption Developments in Europe
This report on Collective Self-Consumption from the Local Energy Systems research service provides an understanding of the different business model frameworks arising in Europe. European member states are setting new regulations which are translations of the two European Directives regarding energy communities. This report provides an analysis of the new value chain including new entrants and the opportunities for incumbents. It draws on case studies from the case study library of the research service to define key components for economic and social value creation, providing a method to account for both. It also explores key questions that are yet to be answered regarding the implications in terms of future market design with the rise of energy communities, the distributional impacts, and participants involvement and motivations.
Business Models for Local Energy Systems
This report presents an overview of business models across the spectrum of Local Energy Systems using case studies from a number of European markets. The report identifies two broad categories of business models: those that have clear economic viability, but generally require significant investment and more innovative models that struggle financially but can deliver significant societal and environmental benefits.
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Local Energy Systems Policy and Regulations Database

This database provides:

  • A long list of all relevant local energy systems regulations
  • Our summary and views of the regulations
  • Information on which particular topic it covers (e.g. collective self-consumption, peer to peer, export incentives, climate targets etc.)
  • Details on which companies are impacted (e.g. customers, DSOs, TSOs, energy suppliers etc.)
  • Specific information on country, start / end dates and values if applicable

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