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Local Energy Systems Research Service

About the service

The four mega-trends in the energy system, Decarbonisation, Decentralisation, Digitalisation and Democratisation are nowhere more evident than in local energy systems. A resilient electricity supply is becoming increasingly important to power heat, mobility and recently, working from home.

That electricity supply is more dependent than ever on low carbon, renewable, distributed and intermittent generation sources, posing significant technical, economic and social challenges.

Local energy system concepts such as microgrids can provide resilience to the benefit of communities and can simultaneously support the wider energy system by providing flexibility at both distribution and grid level.

At the same time, energy communities are being formed as individuals come together to exploit locally available renewable resources, providing community benefits including lower energy costs. These concepts are in turn presenting opportunities for innovative business models such as peer to peer trading, collective self-consumption and transactive energy. But these same opportunities also represent challenges to incumbents who need to understand their future role in the energy system.

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LCP Delta’s Local Energy Systems Research Service provides analysis, insight and opinion on how local energy communities, markets and microgrids are growing, enabling you to develop the right strategy and activities to respond to the challenges and capture the opportunities.

Jeremy Harrison
Jeremy Harrison, Principal Analyst

“Energy is becoming more localised. Distributed assets are becoming more widespread. Energy is increasingly being optimised bottom up rather than top down, enabled by advances in software and controls systems. ​

Energy communities, in various forms, are developing fast, capturing more and more value locally. In some instances, the emerging need for improved levels of resilience is leading to technology innovations such as islandable microgrids.

This brings many opportunities – and challenges – for companies ranging from network operators through to product manufacturers, service providers, electricity retailers, and regulators & policy makers.”

Service Summary

LCP Delta - your partner in local energy systems research

The future of local energy systems, microgrids and energy communities are at the centre of many questions and concerns surrounding the energy transition. Our comprehensive expert insight and research explores key considerations, such as:

  • How can we make money out of local energy systems?
  • What are the opportunities now and in the future? ​​
  • What are the social and environmental values and benefits that local energy systems bring? ​
  • What are the potential roles for incumbents, and is the localisation of energy a threat or opportunity?​
  • How do we engage communities to support, optimise and influence the development of local energy?​​
  • How are regulations and market structures for local energy systems emerging across Europe, and how are these shaping the opportunities? ​​
  • What are the economic value streams for local energy systems and how can they be captured and maximised? ​
  • How can local energy systems provide resilience to its customers and the wider energy system?​
  • How can incumbents work with communities for mutual benefit?​
  • What are the likely impacts of local energy markets on the grid in both commercial and technological terms? ​
  • How are regulatory frameworks emerging for local energy systems?
  • Which markets have the most favourable regulatory and policy environment?​
  • Where are the hotspots of local energy system activity and what business models are working?
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What's included

Essential local energy systems intelligence at your fingertips

By working with our clients on a subscription basis, the full breadth of our extensive research and insight is simple and intuitive to access.
As part of the subscription, you will receive:

Recommended reports and areas of research relevant to your requirements

Insight, opinion and commentary from our experts in the flexibility team

Dedicated contact time and ad hoc support from our service analysts

Subscriber Benefits

Resources available with a subscription

In-depth reports

Thoroughly researched reports on the most important connected home and smart home developments.


Reactive, insightful reports from our industry experts exploring the latest connected home news and events.


The data you need to make the best decisions for your business, including customer research and company profiles.

Company & Project Profiles

Case studies investigating the business models and customer propositions of companies in the energy space.

Analyst Support

Ad hoc support from our expert team of analysts.

New Energy Summit

Priority entry to our New Energy Summit, giving you the chance to network and learn from industry experts.

Local Energy Systems Projects Database

Subscribers can access this database which includes almost 200 local energy systems worldwide. It includes detailed case studies illustrating key features of the projects, business models and financial information around the project.

Local Energy Systems Regulations Database

This database provides an overview of the key regulations and policies expected to impact the development of local energy systems.

An expansive view of the future of the local energy systems market

Our research extends beyond what’s happening on the ground: we explore how things are changing. From the small details to the big picture, the comprehensive long-term view with which we approach our research equips you with the information and visibility you need to understand the impact of local energy systems developments on your company.

A multi-level approach to research

Our comprehensive reports and databases are formed using both quantitative and qualitative research. Sources span from authoritative data sets right the way through to deep primary research, talking to people working within the current markets. These layers of research ensure reliable, well-rounded and unbiased information.

Informing your business decisions

Make educated business decisions supported by a wealth of research, insight and expert opinion. Navigate market complexities to define and evolve your business strategy, understand competitors, find the right positioning, and take advantage of emerging opportunities in local energy systems, microgrids and energy communities.

Peace of mind in a time of uncertainty

There are many unknowns surrounding the future of local energy systems. Operate and make decisions with confidence knowing that LCP Delta's expert local energy systems team are at the forefront of the research that will support you during the wider energy transition.

Clients & Partners

Who we work with

Our research benefits a wide range of industries and organisations, including, but not limited to:

Energy Suppliers

Network Companies


Equipment Providers

Equipment Providers

Service Updates

Keep up-to-date with the latest resources, webinars, news and insights from the Local Energy Systems Research service.

Weathering the Changing Power Market: Gusts and Gains

Podcast S21E03

Greening data centres

Press Release

Ambitious electricity project to accelerate decarbonisation of the River Thames

Podcast S21E02

Energy policy in Europe: perspectives from the IEA


UK Review of Electricity Market Arrangements


26th World Energy Congress

Press Release

LCP Delta involved in three innovative projects that have received Ofgem funding

Press Release

The implementation of locational pricing brings benefits to the GB energy system but benefits could be offset by associated risks

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