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Thu 20th Sep 2018
Future Energy in Northern Ireland – The Role of Consumers
20 Sep 2018
September 20, 2018
The energy systems that deliver our power, heat and mobility are undergoing a complete revolution, overturning the 20th Century model of large, centrally-controlled resources serving passive consumers. The costs of consumer-owned technologies like solar PV, energy storage, fuel cells, heat pumps and electric vehicles are falling rapidly, creating the potential for consumers to play a central role in new business models. However, the crucial factor in this revolution is digital technology and the ‘Internet of Energy’, which is enabling and creating new value streams for consumers.
Conference delegates will hear from Laura Sandys and Catherine Mitchell, two internationally recognised thought leaders in the future governance and regulation of energy, how these opportunities are already being realised for consumers in GB, Australia and the United States, and how they could create a new vision for a Northern Ireland energy system that is more consumer-focused, cleaner, cheaper, intelligently joined up locally, resilient to future change and more democratic.
The conference aims to stimulate debate among delegates as to how the challenges that face this transition in Northern Ireland can be overcome, and how to ensure that the question “What can consumers do?” is asked as often as “What do consumers want?”.
Prominent local speakers will include Noel Lavery, Permanent Secretary of the Department for the Economy, Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive of the Utility Regulator and Ian Baile, Head of Network Development at NIE Networks. Delegates will also hear how UU’s InterReg-funded SPIRE 2 Research Programme is helping local company PowerOn to demonstrate the value of domestic battery systems to network and system operators, as well as the consumers who own them.
This conference is funded by The EU InterReg VA Programme, through the Special EU Projects Body.
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