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Distribution Future Energy Scenarios

The Distribution Future Energy Scenarios outline the range of credible futures for the growth of the distribution network. Broadly aligning with the National Grid Future Energy Scenarios, these encompass the growth of demand, storage and distributed generation, also low carbon technologies such as Electric Vehicles and Heat Pumps.

We work with Regen to create the Distribution Future Energy Scenarios for all licence areas on annual cycle. We are currently on Round 3 of our DFES studies; please see the timeline below to indicate the next publication date and tables below for any published material.

The uncertainty in the future path of demand and generation growth, coupled with the significant changes in energy system operation outlines the need for coordination if growth is to be achieved economically. The scenario projections are mapped geographically to our network using local knowledge and expertise to derive a regionally specific outlook for each of our licence areas. The outputs of the DFES studies are used by WPD to inform long term strategic planning and flexibility analysis.

We have made our DFES projections available to view on our DFES map, which allows stakeholders to explore how we spatially allocate growth of different technologies across our licence areas. The map can be found here.

Below is an archive of the latest DFES studies for all licence areas. A link to the accompanying Shaping Subtransmission page can be found here.

  • South West

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event         

    15th May 2020

    Slides available here                 

    Stakeholder Engagement ReportDFES South West 2020


    South Wales 

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event         

    12th May 2020

    Slides available here    

    Stakeholder Engagement ReportDFES South Wales 2020


    East Midlands

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    20th May 2020

    Slides available here

    Stakeholder Engagement ReportDFES East Midlands 2020


    West Midlands

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    22nd May 2020

    Slides available here

    Stakeholder Engagement ReportDFES West Midlands 2020
  • South West 

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    5th December 2017
    Slides available here                     

    Report 

    DFES South West 2018


    South Wales

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    6th June 2018
    Slides available here                     

    Report DFES South Wales 2019


    East Midlands

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    13th December 2018 
    Slides available here                  

    Report DFES East Midlands 2019


    West Midlands

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    6th June 2019
    Slides available here                     

    Report DFES West Midlands 2019
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    South West

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event         

    3rd February 2016                        
    Slides available here                      

    Report DFES South West 2016


    South Wales 

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event         

    15th June 2016                        
    Slides available here                      

    Report DFES South Wales 2016


    East Midlands

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    7th December 2016
    Slides available here     

    30th March 2017 
    Slides available here:
    Strategic Investment Options
    Regen slides                            

    Report DFES East Midlands 2017


    West Midlands

    DFES OutputLink to information 
    Stakeholder Engagement Event          

    23rd May 2017
    Slides available here                     

    Report DFES West Midlands 2017