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Engaging Communities in Network Innovation Impact Report 2016 - 2018

This report summarises collective DNO engagement with communities around electricity network innovation in the last three years, a selection of individual DNO activity, and the lessons for future engagement with this stakeholder group.





Connecting Community Energy: A Guide to Getting a Network Connection (2019 Edition) 

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.





The Future of our Electricity Network Communities Consultation

Western Power Distribution (WPD) carried out a consultation with community energy organisations and local energy stakeholderson the future of our electricity network and the shift to a Distribution System Operator (DSO). This report summarises the consultation responses and feedback received and sets out the actions WPD will take as a result.




Electricity Network Innovation Guide for Communities 

This guide is for communities and local energy stakeholders who are interested in electricity network innovation. It will help you to learn more about how our energy system is changing, lessons from innovation trials, why these projects are important, and how you can get involved. 





Community Energy Vulnerable Customers 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 aimed at community energy groups and independent developers looking to develop electricity storage projects, who want to knowhow to connect to the electricity network. 





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.





21 Lessons for DNOs on Network Innovation Projects with Community Involvement

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.







We have produced four inspirational podcasts about Community groups at different stages with WPD. These can be found here.   


If you would like to view any of our animated information videos then please go to our Community Energy Video Library