Do people matter? Can we get to a low carbon, secure and affordable system without their engagement?
Richard Hoggett, University of Exeter The energy system is entering a period of fundamental change, in respect to supply, demand and control systems, mainly driven by the digitisation of the electricity system, but also reflecting falling costs for low carbon technologies and the emergence of new technologies and services. Much of this change is happening at the distribution level, including behind the meter in consumers’ homes. As such the energy system is starting to move much closer towards people, who ultimately create energy demand. Given this there are a wide range of expectations about the future role of people within the energy system, across electricity, heat and transport; and there are differing views on the multiple roles that people can or could play e.g. as consumers, citizens, voters, etc. A fundamental question is how important are people in the energy system, do they need to be actively involved, give consent, or can the system change around them? This dialogue session seeks to explore these issues. Some consumers already play an active role within the energy system, for example by fitting Read more…