Mark has been supporting community-focussed energy programmes over two decades. At Community Energy Scotland, he has delivered hundreds of energy developments in domestic, community and commercial settings – including generation, demand reduction, and smart storage/management linked to infrastructure and grid services. As Head of Innovation, he leads on projects pushing boundaries of how communities own and interact with their local energy systems. Including: Scottish Government LECF Surf'n'Turf, ACCESS, OHLEH and Heat Smart Orkney projects; EU H2020 projects –SMILE and BIGHIT; PITCHES transferring learning from Scottish Communities to other areas, including Sub-Saharan Africa; and ReFLEX and TraDER, major new UKRI flexibility projects in Orkney.
The innovative partners behind Project TraDER have taken live a local market for excess power on the Orkney islands, successfully delivering real-time trading between renewable generation and local flexibility and using real-time markets to resolve constraints behind an Active Network Management system.