Smarter Energy

Smarter Energy

The Smarter Energy Project

Since March 2019, Remarc is involved in delivering the Smarter Energy Project. This project is funded by the Co-operation and Supply Chain Development Scheme (Measure 16:2), which is part of the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, financed by the Welsh Government and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

The project involves exploring the feasibility of community energy across rural Wales. It will seek to identify and develop new business models that maximise income and increase viability for renewable energy generators in rural Wales, through exploring a range of smart (non-traditional) models and technologies for renewable energy technologies.

The research project will therefore seek to identify community benefits from new business models. To achieve its objective the Smarter Energy Project will see the completion of 10 Feasibility Studies.

As a company we recognise that the future of energy is locally generated, locally owned, low carbon and smart. The development of smart energy technologies provides the potential to change the way households, businesses and communities generate and consume energy. Energy storage and management technologies will help to balance energy generation and consumption on a more local scale. This will help increase the percentage of our energy that can be generated from variable and local renewable sources and better manage our electricity networks.

The energy industry is already changing with new supply companies beginning to challenge the ‘big six’ and commercial models emerging that enable small consumers and generators to become active participants in the energy market.

Remarc welcome the opportunity as a company to develop replicable models to work with community groups to help other localities replicate and scale up the models.