Energy systems in the UK and around the world are going through a period of fundamental change due to the emergence of new technologies, energy economics, business models and changing social preferences. Much of the momentum for change is closer to the demand side and at the local distribution level, where the opportunities for taking a whole systems approach across electricity, heat and transport are easier to identify and act upon. Such an approach to system transformation is based on the principles of creating a system which is smarter, flexible and more integrated, and that puts people at the centre. To enable this to happen in Great Britain a new approach to energy governance is required, based on new ideas, new institutions and new people. This year’s IGov conference focussed on these themes and took place on International Women’s Day. To celebrate the achievements of women in energy all speakers and chairs were female, representing women in different stages of their careers across industry (conventional or grid-edge), academia, regulation, government, communities and civil society.
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