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

Business Models for Local Energy Systems
This report presents an overview of business models across the spectrum of Local Energy Systems, ranging from microgrids to energy communities. It illustrates each model using case studies from a number of European markets. It describes the various model concepts and highlights key characteristics, challenges and opportunities. The report identifies two broad categories of business models. The first, mature models have demonstrated clear economic viability, but generally require significant investment. The second, more innovative models currently struggle to achieve economic viability, but can deliver significant societal and environmental benefits.
Peer to peer trading for Local Energy Systems
This in-depth report on Peer to Peer Trading is intended to be read in the context of the overarching LES Business Models study which provides a framework of business model issues and approaches.
Framing Local Energy Systems
This report provides an introduction to the many forms of Local Energy Systems, with a framework and definitions. Understanding LES typologies will help you to see opportunities, challenges, and navigate more easily the complex world and diverse nature of Local Energy Systems.
Local Energy Systems Regulations Database
As various types of local energy systems (LES) are emerging it is becoming increasingly important to understand the regulatory and policy environment in which they will operate. Although many of these instruments are well defined and relate to distributed generation and new energy in general, there are some measures aimed at providing a framework specifically for local energy systems. This database will provide an overview of the key regulations and policies that are expected to impact the development of LES. It includes both a high level overview of European policies and regulations as well as those specific to individual European markets. It will be periodically updated to reflect the changing landscape of the LES market and extended to additional national markets in due course.
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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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