We asked five questions addressing how the public and private sector, and regional and national bodies, can work together to help the energy sector become more distributed, greener, smarter and more flexible. Why? Because utilities and utility regulation are facing dramatic change. The Labour Party wants to bring public ownership back. Local government is seizing the initiative, using utility services to leverage development. Meanwhile, new consultations could see the shape of the regulatory landscape change for the first time in decades. With the help of market research company Accent, New Power sought views on these issues from our expert forum.
This week we present some of those comments and we’d like to add yours.
Q5 Which existing monopoly or central activities in the energy sector (eg network owners, market operators, `private wire` projects, etc) are in line for most change? How do you think they will evolve?
“Smart meters and their DCC communications hub are a new and already out of date monopoly.”
“Market operators are likely to see the greatest change as markets change both in terms of the multiplicity of participants, the products/services on offer and the processes for market operation. Market operators will either need to lead in enabling this change or be replaced by those who can.”
“Network owners will need to adapt to facilitate whole system solutions, not just those that demand T&D investment and control.”
“Will network owners be able to avoid separating out their system operator roles?”
“Network owners must evolve to cope with much more complex flows of energy across their networks and a reduction in the use of the network by pro-consumers. This will challenge existing revenue models based on KWh.”
“We are seeing the emergence of local decentralised multivector grids… including coupling local renewable energy generation with electric/gas vehicle fleets.”
“Distribution network operators are toast”.
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