The UK has made great progress in decarbonising electricity over the past decade. Tackling transport and heat will be next, where the potential of digitalisation will be crucial. Policymakers face a raft of challenges. Energy Systems Catapult believes the architecture of the energy system requires a rethink. Strategy and Performance Director Guy Newey explains.
Three-quarters of UK local authorities have now declared a climate emergency but a snap poll has suggested the majority have difficulty accessing the data they need to make informed and effective decisions that will support the development of local energy projects that are key to achieving Net Zero.
The Energy Revolution integration Service engaged with people actively developing Smart Local Energy Systems to gather insight into the main challenges and offer recommendations based on experience from other sectors and related research programmes.
Siemens project – ‘Your Online Digital Architecture’ – developed partners Energy Systems Catapult and National Innovation Centre for Data, aims to deliver a ‘digitally integrated energy system’ under the Modernising Energy Data Access competition.
Ofgem has announced their intention to introduce a licence condition requiring network companies to comply with Data Best Practice guidance which was developed with the Energy Systems Catapult. Dr Richard Dobson, author of the recent Energy Data Taskforce report, explains why this is an important step in driving low carbon innovation.