Local Energy Systems Research Service

Enabling subscribers to take advantage of emerging opportunities and mitigate or avoid risks presented by Local Energy Systems

A Local Energy System is a small energy system, containing both (renewable) energy resources and consumers, in which production and consumption of energy are largely balanced. There are various terms for this concept, including Microgrids, Local Energy Systems or Local Energy Communities, each with a somewhat different emphasis.

They may also contain conventional solutions with a heat production component (e.g. cogeneration) and dispatchable generation units (e.g. a diesel generator) which have the potential to reduce the overall CO2 content of energy supply.

Local Energy Systems may provide solutions to specific technical, social or economic challenges, but may also present opportunities for innovative business and ownership models.

Essentially, they are a microcosm of a conventional energy system.

Local Energy Systems typically seek to match local energy resources with local demand within a bounded, small energy system. The concept is now moving from island and remote communities into mainstream markets, from subsidy to value-driven systems. Whilst this is unlikely to result in wholesale grid defection, we expect to see increasing local autonomy.

This raises significant challenges to incumbent energy suppliers and network operators, whilst simultaneously providing opportunities for innovative technical and business models, both to incumbents and to new market entrants.


However, despite the growing interest in Local Energy Systems, there is little clarity about:

  • How they are emerging and what is driving this

  • How, where and the rate at which they will grow

  • Interactions between LES and the wider energy system

  • Business models, commercial structures and regulatory issues

  • The nature of opportunities and threats arising – for incumbents and others

The Delta-ee Research Service will focus on these questions and will provide ongoing, syndicated research on the development of Local Energy Systems.  The research service has a European focus, complemented by a global outlook to capture innovations and developments relevant for the European market.


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If you'd like to know more about Delta-ee's Local Energy Systems Research, get in touch with the team:

Jeremy Harrison

Jeremy Harrison

Local Energy Systems Research Service Manager

Jeremy has more than 30 years’ experience in energy efficiency and distributed energy.

For the past 15 years he was Technical Head in Distributed Energy for E.ON UK PLC, where he was responsible for evaluation, development and commercialisation support of energy conversion technologies, including micro-CHP, heat pumps, solar photovoltaics and energy storage. Most recently he was active in E.ON’s Local Energy System Programme which is undertaking development of microgrids in a number of European countries.

Prior to that he worked for EA Technology, also on distributed energy topics, and spent several years with micro-CHP start-ups in Scandinavia.

Jeremy holds a BSc in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh.

+44 (0)131 285 1762

Jeremy Harrison
Rita Desmyter

Rita Desmyter


Rita supports the development of Delta-ee’s Flexibility Research. She also provides support for a range of consultancy projects on various low carbon and renewable technologies. Prior to joining Delta-ee she managed for 5 years her restaurant in the Philippines. She also supported the development and the communication strategy of Agroecologie & Solidarite.

Rita holds an MSc in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh. Her undergraduate degree was in Law, Economics and Management from the University of Montpellier, where she graduated top of her class. She also holds a degree in History of Art from Charles de Gaulle University of Lille.

+44 (0)131 625 3213

Rita Desmyter

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