Great to see topics such as decentralisation, energy storage and demand response in the mainstream press (I heard it on the radio this morning on the way to the office). It is good to see the head of National Grid saying there is a reduced requirement for building conventional power stations in the UK, I wonder if this will affect the Hinkley debate? The technological advances in the last five years have been completely game changing and with support from the National Infrastructure Commission for this new flexible approach I hope to see real tangible changes very soon. The article also give some great examples of live projects.
"We are at a moment of real change in the energy industry. From an historic perspective we created energy in big generating organisations that sent power to houses and their businesses. Now we are producing energy in those places - mostly with solar power," This change was being driven by people and firms generating energy, storing it and using it flexibly through new controls and online software. And the advances in energy software are described by the World Energy Council as the biggest change in 21st Century energy - along with solar power. "Technology has enabled us to bring this price flexibility to energy consumers. No-one will be forced to link their home to the energy internet, but if they do choose to use it, it will save them money, save pollution and save power stations needing to be built."