Ofgem local energy governance for a net zero future

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26th Apr 2023

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Mollie Pinnington

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Ofgem's new approach to net zero has the potential to revolutionize the way local governments approach green energy in the UK. By holding communities accountable and ensuring they are plugged into flexible green power, Ofgem is paving the way towards a more sustainable future. This move is a major step forward in the fight against climate change, and it will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the environment for years to come.

The UK has been working hard to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and transition to more sustainable energy sources. With numerous innovative projects already underway, there seems to be no slowing down in the country's pursuit of a greener future. Ofgem, the UK government's energy regulator, has recently proposed new measures aimed at speeding up this process. They believe that effective local governance is key to achieving a net zero future, and their proposals are designed to make this a reality. With such a strong commitment to sustainability, it's clear that the UK is well on its way to becoming a global leader in renewable energy.

What is Ofgem proposing to fast-track the UK to a net zero future?

Regional system planners

Ofgem proposes adding extra support to local councils with a regional system planner. This person would be responsible understand the goals and plans of the council and bring together all people involved to ensure these plans are met. The Regional system planner would also set out how they believe the local energy system should develop.


Change the responsibility for local markets

For local councils to meet net zero Ofgem believes there needs to be a change in responsibility when it comes to local flexibility markets. This will help to standardize the energy market making it more accessible and aligned with national flexibility markets.

In an effort to create a greener energy market, Ofgem is making changes at a local level in the UK. One of their main goals is to identify any issues with how things currently operate and to standardize the industry. This will not only benefit the environment but also consumers who are increasingly concerned with the impact of their energy usage on the planet. With these changes, Ofgem hopes to encourage more innovation and investment in clean energy sources, ultimately leading to a more sustainable future for everyone.

Not only will these changes lead to more sustainability but will also reduce energy waste and increase security in the UK.

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