The Flexibility issue

In this issue, we explore the theme of flexibility. We highlight how data is unlocking greater adaptability for utilities and consumers, and how generation technologies, the grid and traders are adapting for a low-carbon landscape. And our focus on innovation shows that the greatest flexibility in the energy transition is one of mind-set.

What does flexibility mean to you in the context of the energy sector?

Flexible generation? Absolutely: the ability for turbines and engines to ramp up and down to balance demand has become crucial.

As has the need for flexible grids. Trading has never been more flexible, and data is enabling much or all of the above.

And the consumer – once passive and the last stop on a finite electricity journey – is now engaged and able to choose who supplies their energy, whether it is ‘green’, and even how they might generate it and store it themselves.

However, for me, the best example of energy sector flexibility is one of mind-set. The industry has realised that the common goal of decarbonisation – and the challenges of achieving it – are best met by fostering innovation through collaboration.

Companies have opened their eyes and minds to the potential of partnerships. They’ve conceded that they don’t have all the answers, just some of them – and someone else may have the rest.

The once rigid walls of the silos that these firms operated in have broken down and they now embrace the blurring of lines between sectors and welcome (up to a point) the influence and effect of disruptors.

Flexibility isn’t about a system – it’s about an industry. An industry in flux; in flow; connecting; evolving; inspiring; transitioning.

All of which makes for a pretty exciting time to be on that journey. In this issue we profile some of the companies and their people at the heart of the energy transition – some of them you’ll know, some you won’t.

What connects them is that they are all embracing the flexibility that the energy sector now has to offer. I hope you enjoy meeting them.

Read on the Ed’s Note by Kelvin Ross, Editor-in-Chief, Enlit Europe:

This article was originally published in The Guide

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