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Guides and Information

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Community-Based Network Innovation

This guide has been produced for community groups or anyone else in our network area who would like to start a project which will change how your community uses energy. This guide is to provide information and advice on what is involved in undertaking a community-based innovation project. 

Along with the new Community-Based Network Innovation Guide we also have a 21 Lessons for DNO's on Community Based Innovation report. This report aims to help DNO's to develop the way that they engage with communities in order to improve the outcome of future network innovation projects which involve communities. 

Community Energy Vulnerable Customer packs

The packs were produced with the aim of empowering communities to reach out to vulnerable customers. Supporting outreach work on fuel poverty and the transition to smart meters. 

Connecting Community Energy: A guide to getting a network connection

This guide is for people developing community energy projects who want to get a connection to the electricity network. It provides an introduction to the electricity network and an overview of the application process for different types of new energy generation relevant to community energy groups. If you are not quite sure where to start with getting your project connected and are slightly confused about the difference between EREC G83 and G59, this guide is for you.  

Electricity storage guide for communities and independent developers

This guide is aimed at community energy groups and independent developers looking to develop electricity storage projects, who want to knowhow to connect to the electricity network. 

Rough guide to Engaging Communities in Energy Network Innovation

This guide explores how DNOs can positively engage local communities in innovation and how communities can get themselves into the best position to grasp the opportunity.


We are producing four inspirational podcasts about groups at different stages with WPD in June. 


There is lots of interest in ways of connecting to the grid and new business models in the community sector. WPD have produced a series of short films to help explain the different innovative new business models:


Alternative Connections

Local Supply

Demand Side Response

Electricity Storage


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