Yesterday a member of the IGov team attended the excellent (although somewhat male dominated) Conference on Electricity System Change: Flexibility and costs, organised by the University of Strathclyde, UKERC and the IEEE. The final panel featured Paul Bingham, recently appointed as Ofgem’s first ever Chief Engineer. One of the areas he mentioned an interest in was reviewing and updating industry standards for security of supply, which made a lot of sense within the context of a conference highlighting a system experiencing major changes and challenges at both transmission and distribution levels. However, the record of such reviews points to one of the problems we face in bringing about a transformation of energy system in way that is rapid as well as secure – as one of the other panellists, Paul Gardner of DNV GL reminded us, the problem of climate change is urgent, and emissions reductions facilitated today are more helpful than those achieved tomorrow.
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