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Energy consumption in 2030 is likely to be very different from how it is today. Business models, technology and consumer preferences are all evolving rapidly – but we cannot predict the nature of these changes with certainty. So what could the future look like for consumers, energy regulation and industry?

 

We’ve convened a community of consumer bodies, senior industry executives and technology leaders to explore the emerging insights.

 

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Flexibility Platforms in electricity markets

In this paper, we envisage a range of future options and discusses their relative merits as well as settling on some key suggestions to support the development of the Flexibility Platform Sector. 

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Implications of the transition to electric vehicles

The transport sector is in the midst of transformation, with more electric vehicles (EVs) expected on our roads in coming years. In this paper, we outline the important role EVs have in moving to a smarter, more flexible energy system, and discuss how wider changes in transport could influence the energy sector in the future.

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Future domestic energy consumption

In this paper, we assess the likely changes domestic energy consumers will face over the coming decade.

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Local energy in a transforming system

In this paper, we assess the current local energy landscape, consider the potential benefits and risks for consumers, and the implications for us as a regulator.

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The decarbonisation of heat

The decarbonisation of heat is arguably the biggest challenge facing UK energy policy over the next few decades. In this paper we review the nature of heat demand and supply today and some of the decarbonisation options being discussed by policy makers.

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Overview: The future of energy is...

The energy sector is undergoing fundamental change. In this paper, we outline some of the main drivers of change and the resulting uncertainty about the future shape of the energy system. We also review the roles of consumers and technology in the development of energy systems.

Background

In the spring of 2016, Ofgem launched the Insights for Future Regulation project to explore the implications of system transformation for consumers and regulation. These discussion papers present emerging thinking resulting from our research and stakeholder discussions. They do not reflect established positions from Ofgem or our governing body, the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

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Publications and updates

  • Published: 2nd Sep 2019
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
The sixth paper in Ofgem’s Future Insights Series focuses on the development of Flexibility Platforms in the GB electricity system.

  • Published: 23rd Jul 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
In this paper we outline the important role EVs could have in moving to a smarter, more flexible energy system.

  • Published: 13th Jul 2017
  • Agendas, minutes and presentations
  • 5 Associated documents
Event slides, highlights and discussion papers from the future consumers event held 5 July 2017.

  • 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 and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
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 and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This 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 and 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 and 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
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Discussion papers exploring the issues and opportunities for consumers from the transformation of the energy system over the coming decades.

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