The Energy Data Taskforce’s aim is to provide a set of recommendations that will support the delivery of a Modern, Digitalised Energy System unlocking the benefits of decarbonisation and decentralisation through better use of data.
The Energy Data Taskforce was established to provide Government, Ofgem and Industry with a set of recommendations on how data can assist with unlocking the opportunities provided by a modern, decarbonised and decentralised Energy System at the best
value to consumers.
This work is part of the Smart System strategy being developed
by Government, is in line with the Industrial Strategy, Clean Growth Strategy, and the Government and Ofgem’s Smart Systems & Flexibility Plan. It is also aligned with programmes and initiatives being undertaken or planned by Ofgem, Innovate UK and others across the sector including the range of ‘Prospering from the Energy Revolution’ projects. In all these strategies and ambitions, data is recognised as crucial to building a smart system that supports achieving decarbonisation objectives and creates significant economic opportunities.
The purpose of the Taskforce also reflects national data strategies beyond energy; these are reflected in the National Infrastructure Commission’s report ‘Data for the Public Good’, multiple Industrial Strategy themes, and the Furman Report on digitalising Government.
In the course of the Taskforce’s work it became clear there are a number of fundamental issues which are inhibiting the existence, accessibility and utility of data across the Energy System. These issues have led the Taskforce, in consultation with its sponsors, Government, Ofgem and Innovate UK, to focus on a more holistic set of recommendations than were envisaged in the Taskforce terms
of reference. Implementation of these recommendations will not only satisfy the original objectives, but in addition, establish a solid foundation for on-going change and create key Building Blocks that will help accelerate this change.
Laura Sandys, Dr Richard Dobson, Eric Brown Gordon Graham, Rebecca Lane, Jake Verma and Nick Winser.
The decarbonisation journey is not just driving clean energy but is reshaping the whole market design.
This is an exciting ‘tipping point’ for electricity where the old- fashioned market design is being truly challenged by a new market designed from the bottom up and facilitated by the digital revolution.
If captured, these benefits should drive a faster trajectory for decarbonisation, reduce the overall consumer bill, and fully modernise the sector.
Utilities should stop applying the same tired tactics for customer engagement
This report aims to welcome the dynamism, opportunities and transformation that our energy sector can achieve through a new set of regulatory principles that embraces the changing nature of energy, technology and primarily consumers.
With renewables and distributed energy becoming the norm, Laura Sandys says a new way of thinking is needed.
When one or two energy geeks meet it is rare that “security of supply” isn’t mentioned. “Thou shalt have security of supply” is one of the commandments of the energy system – keep those lights on!
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