Over the past decade or more there has been a rapid growth in capacity from solar and wind energy, which provides variable output. Patterns of electricity consumption will also significantly change as heating and transport start to be electrified.

The changing patterns in both the demand and supply of electricity are putting the electricity grid under ever increasing stress, making it more challenging to control peaks and troughs in demand, manage variable and distributed forms of generation and ensure that there is sufficient flexibility in the system to balance demand and supply and keep the lights on.

As the world strives to bring carbon emissions down from peak levels, Ashden Award winners like Open Energi are helping industry to cut emissions in a way which creates efficiencies, enhances energy productivity and creates revenue and valuable cost savings for their customers.

A smart energy approach will, as it is scaled up, reduce the need to keep inefficient and polluting reserve power stations running and means fewer new power stations may need to be built in the future to keep the lights on.

Globally, intelligent demand response is gathering pace as a credible alternative to traditional peaking plants and battery storage solutions, as the most efficient way to manage our transition towards 100% renewable energy.

David Hill, Open Energi