Europe is focused too much on expanding renewable energy generation, and is threatening to miss out on the huge opportunities in the energy market that are emerging behind-the-meter, says top influencer Jan Vrins, Managing Director at the U.S.-based global consultancy Navigant, in an exclusive interview with Energy Post. According to Vrins, who is leading a practice of 600 energy experts, North America is forging ahead of Europe. “We are seeing a tremendous value shift coming in the next ten years in the energy market. This should be a much bigger topic in Europe.” “The energy transition? That has already happened. We have entered a new world in which growth will come from distributed energy resources. That means all the products and services behind the meter: energy efficiency, rooftop solar, EVs, smart meters, home storage, microgrids. Over the next ten years, distributed energy resources will grow 8 times faster than net central station generation. Globally. In North America and Europe growth may be even higher.” Jan Vrins, a Dutchman who has led Navigant’s global Energy practice since 2014, and before that worked for Accenture and KPMG, has spent most of his working life in the United States. After Navigant (which has turnover of around €1 billion) took over the respected Netherlands-based consultancy Ecofys in 2016, he became more involved again in the European energy sector. When I speak with him at a Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit in Amsterdam, he becomes enthusiastic talking about the rapid changes taking place in the energy market – the emergence of what Navigant calls the “Energy Cloud”.
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