OFGEM have just opened a new and important consultation on how they should respond as a regulator to the emergence of ‘Non-Traditional Business Models’ or NTBMs. The consultation will close on 20 May 2015.
OFGEM are saying: “We want to ensure that regulation isn’t getting in the way of organisations delivering desirable consumer outcomes. But, because energy is an essential service, we must also protect the interests of existing and future electricity and gas consumers. And this means we need to understand the benefits, costs and risks of any change to regulation.”
“We have identified four important drivers motivating the emergence of these NTBMs:
• The low carbon transition
• Rapid technological innovation
• Lack of consumer engagement and trust
• Greater focus on affordability and especially on supporting consumers in vulnerable situations. “
“We have grouped these NTBMs into three broad themes:
• Local energy services (eg community energy)
• Bundled services (eg energy service companies)
• Customer participation (eg peer-to-peer energy).
Some NTBMs could also challenge the fundamentals of current regulatory arrangements. For example, some are seeking to generate and supply energy locally, which, at sufficient market penetration, could challenge the centralised way in which the energy market operates.”
Click here for the link to the full consultation document.
Argyll and Bute Council and its partners are currently looking at how they can better assist communities in securing socio-economic benefit from renewables and the development of local renewable projects. To help achieve this, they are now considering the development of a Community Renewables Opportunity Plan (CROP).
This will inform the Argyll and Bute Renewable Energy Action Plan (REAP). One of the specific areas of focus in the REAP is to assist local communities.
What is the consultation?
To assist in determining the scope and key areas of focus of the CROP Argyll and Bute Council are seeking the communities input and assistance.
“We need communities and groups involved in, or who are considering developing, community renewables to tell us what they need to make it easier for them to progress their projects” says Stuart Green, Senior Development officer at Argyll and Bute. “This might be:
- better on-line information,
- information presented in a more user friendly manner,
- more direct support to communities,
- advice on feed-in-tariffs and many other issues.
Whatever it is, we need to know in order for your comments and needs to be taken into account when we developing the plan.”
How do communities take part in the consultation?
Communities can take part through our on-line questionnaire which will be open from 23rd March – 4th May 2012.
The questionnaire is available online and can be downloaded from the Council website at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/planning-and-environment/community-renewables-opportunity-plan from 23rd March.
For further information please contact: Stuart Green, Senior Development officer, Tel: 01546 604243, Email; firstname.lastname@example.org