Academic research often cites flexible energy technologies such as battery storage and electric vehicles (EVs) as key components of the low-carbon economies of the future. But with policies supporting the UK Government’s 2050 net-zero goal still in their infancy, what must now be done to support their widespread adoption? Hosted in association with SmartestEnergy and chaired by Energy UK’s head of public affairs and engagement Simon Markall, edie’s roundtable on smart, flexible energy systems explored where businesses are currently at in the transition to a decentralised, decarbonised energy system – and how progress could be accelerated through the support of regulators, innovators, institutions and infrastructure. A decade ago, solar power accounted for a minute proportion of the UK’s energy mix, but now covers around 20% of demand on sunny days. Participants pointed out that this growth – comparable to current happenings in offshore wind – was supported by a range of subsidies, plus the feed-in-tariffs (FITs) scheme and the Renewables Obligation.
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