Harnessing the power of data: Accelerating to Net-Zero

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Laura Sandys, Dinker Bhardwaj, Elena Bachvarova, Matt Hastings, Jim Scott, Valts Grintals

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Sponsored by UK Research and Innovation Energy is the pulse of our day-to-day life, but the drive for net zero will require a massive change in the way we create and use it. With new technologies and complex integration needed, it is increasingly clear that there is one important factor in making our future integrated energy systems work: data. Already, smart technology is entering our homes and companies are using big data to respond better to consumer preferences. We are learning that digital technologies can make distributed energy the cheapest and cleanest form of energy. UKRI’s ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’ programme is pioneering the data-enabled systems approach to unlock the benefits of smart local energy systems. These systems improve the efficiency of existing infrastructure, capture value and provide local jobs, helping to distribute prosperity; while society gains clean, cheap energy delivered in ways that suit modern net zero lives, lived locally. This session brings together the government, the energy disruptors, and the regulators to discuss: ● How could better energy data satisfy both households and industry? ● What policies and regulations are needed to support innovative data-based solutions to provide new services? ● How can we ensure these innovations benefit diverse consumers, and protect everyone against emerging risks? ● What data frameworks are needed to enable local infrastructure investment and innovation at scale and pace in different places? Chair: Laura Sandys CBE, Non-Executive Director, SGN&Energy System Catapult Speakers: ● Dinker Bhardwaj, Head of Data Policy, Smart Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ● Elena Bachvarova, Senior Programme Manager - Data & Digital Insights Team, Ofgem ● Matt Hastings, Head of Innovation - Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UKRI ● Dr. Jim Scott, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Grid Edge ● Valts Grintals, Senior Flexibility Analyst, Kaluza

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