Ofgem’s insights on the future energy system

The energy system is transforming.

The push to reduce carbon emissions and the deployment of new technologies means our energy system is shifting to a more decentralised, smarter and more flexible model. The change touches on every aspect of how energy is provided to consumers - from generation and transport to storage and supply. At the same time, we are seeing new and potentially disruptive business models entering the market.

These changes present opportunities and risks for consumers, and challenges for the regulations and market rules that govern industry.

Powering the energy debate: Future insights

In the spring of 2016, Ofgem launched the Insights for Future Regulation project to explore the implications of system transformation. 

We launched with a simple yet fundamental question: What are the drivers of energy system and market change that have the most material impact on consumers and implications for regulation? 

The ‘future insights’ papers on this page present emerging thinking resulting from our research and stakeholder discussions. Select a link to view a paper:

The views expressed in these papers do not reflect established positions from Ofgem or our governing body, the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

Further information

If you would like to feedback on our Future Insights papers, or would like to contribute or find out more about our Insights for Future Regulation project, contact us at: energy.futures@ofgem.gov.uk 

Publications and updates

  • Published: 14th Mar 2017
  • News and blogs
  • 0 Associated documents
Joe Perkins, Chief Economist, introduces our latest paper in the Ofgem Future Insights series.

  • Published: 14th Mar 2017
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This paper is the fourth in our series of 'Future Insights' publications and outlines some of the key changes to the energy landscape we expect to see for domestic consumers.

  • Published: 16th Feb 2017
  • News and blogs
  • 0 Associated documents
Tom Bearpark, Graduate Analyst, writes about the potential importance of local energy in the future and what that means for us.

  • Published: 30th Jan 2017
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This paper is the third in our series of “Future Insights” publications. It considers the current local energy landscape, the types of business models that are emerging and the implications for consumers and regulation.

  • Published: 14th Nov 2016
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This paper is the second in our series of “Future Insights” publications and outlines the key challenges involved with the decarbonisation of heat.

  • Published: 11th Oct 2016
  • Reports & plans
  • 1 Associated documents
In this paper, we outline emerging thinking on the types of changes we may see in the energy sector and the potential challenges for Ofgem.

  • Published: 11th Oct 2016
  • Press releases
  • 0 Associated documents
Ofgem has today launched its Future Insights programme with the first in a series of discussion papers exploring the issues and opportunities for consumers from the transformation of the energy system over the coming decades.

  • Published: 23rd Mar 2016
  • Open letters & correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
We are initiating a new process of horizon scanning to help us identify and understand the impacts of energy system change on consumers and regulation. This will help us set our future priorities. We need your help to do this.