Local Energy Systems

Roles and Responsibilities

Engagement of Local Authorities

The transition of the energy system to net zero will bring with it the decentralisation of energy generation and demand. This will require changes to how the energy system is planned and operated at a local level. Great Britain’s independent energy regulator Ofgem has been engaging with stakeholders, including distribution network operators and local authorities, on the institutional and governance arrangements needed for a future energy system that will be capable of supporting this transition.

Ofgem is creating regional energy planning roles across Great Britain to improve local energy planning and speed up the transition to net zero. The role of Regional Energy Strategic Planners (RESPs) is being introduced to ensure there is appropriate accountability and effective coordination for strategic planning at a sub-national level. RESPs will work with organisations at a local level including local government and gas and electricity networks, to improve understanding of the infrastructure needed in different parts of the country and attract investment for projects.

The new approach to energy planning will see RESPs create clear plans for how local energy systems need to be developed to reach net zero, considering both the national targets set by government, and the local needs and most appropriate approach in each area. The Future Systems Operator, the new body that will bring together the planning for the electricity and gas systems, will be responsible for implementing up to 13 RESPs across Great Britain. CLICK HERE to find out more about the future arrangements.

Local authorities are urged to be involved, since the future arrangements will directly impact on their net zero plans concerning decarbonisation of buildings, transport, energy generation or use and local development. To receive updates about the developing process, contact the RESP team at Ofgem.

Hub responses to recent consultations

The future of local energy institutions and governance - Ofgem's call for input

In response to Ofgem’s call for input on the future of local energy institutions and governance, the Greater South East Net Zero Hub held a workshop for local authorities in the Greater South East region. This enabled us to gain wider perspectives on these issues to inform our response. Our comments to Ofgem are available below to download for your interest.

Our response to Ofgem's call for input

Strategy and Policy Statement for Energy Policy in Great Britain

The government has been seeking views on its proposed Strategy and Policy Statement for energy policy in Great Britain via an open consultation. The Statement sets out the government’s strategic priorities for its energy policy. Ofgem and the Future System Operator, once established, will be required to have regard to the strategic priorities in the Strategy and Policy Statement when carrying out their functions. Click the button below and read the response from the Greater South East Net Zero Hub to the consultation.

Our response to the Strategy and Policy Statement for Energy Policy

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