DECENTRAL – Transforming our Energy System Conference
Recently, representatives of the renewable energy industry from across the European Union met in London at the REA’s EU-UK Energy Union Conference. High on the agenda was the European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union, the economic and political implications of Brexit, and the global transformation presently underway in the energy industry.
Savvas Seimanidis, President of the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF) kicked off the day, setting the scene for a renewable energy future across Europe. He highlighted that we should aim for a decentralised energy system, with small generation working alongside conventional centralised energy systems.
The transition from high carbon to low carbon is already taking place and Professor Paul Ekins, Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy at UCL Energy Institute, shared his views.
“It seems to me likely that the next business-billionaires will come from those who crack the problem of electricity storage, and commercialise their solution, thereby revolutionising the utility of intermittent renewables.”
This idea had been introduced earlier by Sir Edward Davey, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who said:
“The incumbents (traditional utilities) need an exit strategy; they must transform as we move towards a more decentralised energy system, lest they get left behind.”
These themes will be explored in greater detail at the REA’s upcoming DECENTRAL conference in London on June 16. The conference will ask:
- Why is decentralised energy important for our future?
- Can it really be achieved?
- What is the role of new energy technologies in the home, businesses, cities and markets?
- How can we run smarter businesses? (ie micro-grids, mini power stations)
Speakers at the conference will include representatives of a range of important players from the UK’s energy industry. Additionally, it will feature a number of international companies now entering the UK’s renewable energy market in a substantial way.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Dan Byles, Vice President at Living PlanIT, former Member of Parliament and soldier
- Nigel Cornwall, Owner of Pixie Energy, Founding Director at Cornwall Energy
- Ian McDonald, Technical Director at Connected Energy