Harnessing, distributing and making the most of clean, renewable energy, at scale, is one of the biggest challenges that society faces today. Harnessing data has also become key to the industry’s drive towards net-zero as well as promising significant benefits for other sectors such as water and healthcare.
In energy, reducing emissions by increasing low-carbon generation is only part of the story. Networks must also become more flexible, more efficient and more focussed on the consumer. The digitisation of the energy system will help grid operators to better balance supply and demand, especially as larger amounts of intermittent renewable power is fed into the network. Accurately measuring energy usage will also help to increase efficiency by wasting less electricity.
All those measures will help to save consumers money, not only through smart meters giving them clearer information about their own energy usage but also by getting the best performance from existing network infrastructure, meaning expensive upgrades won’t be carried out unless they’re absolutely essential.
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