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

Third Party Engagement With Energy Communities
This reports offers a definition of energy communities and categorises four third parties in which energy communities work with in order to increase their value and maintain economic viability It also outlines the skills, expertise and capabilities third parties offer to energy communities before concluding with suggestions on how the relationship between energy communities and third parties will evolve.
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.
Trends and Opportunities for Microgrids in Europe
This report provides a definition of microgrids and assesses investments in the global microgrids market by regions and segments, with a special focus on European market drivers and applications. It also categorises six use cases for microgrid technology, identifying the most promising opportunities in addition to highlighting innovations in the microgrid sector that could unlock market potential in Europe.
Resilience from Local Energy Systems
This report on resilience from microgrids is a deliverable of the Local Energy Systems Research Service.​ It explores the evolving role of resilience in European networks against a background of developments globally. It considers how resilience can be quantified, valued and monetised in various applications. It also describes how microgrids can provide varying degrees of resilience both to their own customers and to the wider energy system.​
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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