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Whole systems revolution: key stakeholders push for change

Stuart Leaver Analyst

So far throughout the winter period there have been several key changes by organisations such as Energy Systems Catapult (ESC), Energy Networks Association (ENA) and Ofgem looking to revolutionise the energy system. Whole system focus The UK is obligated to meet an 80% reduction of carbon emissions on 1990 levels by 2050, with progress focused so far on electricity generation, but further work is required in heat and transportation according to experts. Significant changes are required in order for this to take place, with shifts in attitudes and workstreams toward building energy efficiency, energy networks and integrated energy solutions needed. Ofgem has asked network operators to consider “whole systems outcomes” through the new network price control process, RIIO2. Guidance issued in September states that network companies will be required to share their information and coordinate activities to a “much greater degree than has happened to date”. Furthermore, the government’s Clean Growth Strategy highlights the driving role that local authorities should have in decarbonisation, through their “unique position” of managing policy on land, buildings, water, waste and transport. To this end, increased focus on new strategies has been put forward, and in this article we look at three recent developments which are helping to shape the energy system in a new direction. Ofgem First, Ofgem issued a consultation on 17 December, seeking views on plans to introduce new licence conditions requiring network operators to work to support an efficient, coordinated, and economical whole system. The Smart Systems ...

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