I recently went to a Westminster Energy Environment & Transport Forum on the Next Steps for Localised Energy Projects and Community Energy. These type of events are great for hearing a range of perspectives on how the energy system is changing and getting insights into how different actors are doing different things. It can be easy to forget how much has happened over recent decades and years in terms of generation, transmission and distribution and how things that felt like tomorrow’s world 5 years ago are now becoming the norm. It can also be easy to lose sight of how much further we have to go, and how quickly that needs to happen, in terms of system decarbonisation – especially with respect to the heat and transport sectors. The meeting provided me with three big takeaways, all of which have been central to the work we have been doing in the IGov project over the last 6 years in terms of system innovation and governance. Firstly, the need for much greater effort to engage and work with people in the system, in their multiple roles as consumers, customers and citizens. Secondly, the growing importance of place and looking at change from the bottom up, top down and middle out – and the new actors that this brings into the system at these multiple levels. Thirdly, how can change be coordinated across these different levels to ensure that we are able to decarbonise at pace; securely, affordably and equitably.
IGov 25th June 2018 read more »