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Energy Systems Scenario Planning

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What will our energy system look like in 2030? This is the question that Upside Energy, the UK smart energy start-up wants to know and is seeking our help with. Upside Energy is at the forefront of the development of new approaches to energy storage and use and is already transforming the electricity industry through the creation of a virtual energy store that it can sell to the grid to help it balance supply and demand and reduce greenhouse gases by enabling people to make smart choices about when to use energy. Recently, Legal & General Capital, the principal investment arm of Legal & General Group, and SYSTEMIQ, a purpose driven investment and advisory firm established in 2016 to tackle system failures, have co-led a Series A investment in Upside Energy that is driving Upside;s business development.

Now Upside has brought together a consortium of energy-research active universities including Heriot-Watt, Imperial College London, Durham, Loughborough, Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Keele, Aston, Lancaster supported by Climate Kic and the Energy Systems Catapult to help them build energy system scenarios that could decide how Upside plans for the future and that challenge perspectives of what might happen/be feasible over the next 20-years. By doing this and building from existing thinking such as National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios and the Scottish Government's recent Energy Strategy, it might be possible to develop ideas that then become the basis for developing and testing new models that can incorporate disruptive innovation and inform the basis of regulatory frameworks fit for purpose that accommodate changes in how we generate, distribute and use energy. This could include looking at how social trends and digitisation might affect consumer engagement, business models, regulatory models, etc.

To do this, Upside wants to create a fresh perspective by bringing in bright young graduates and post-graduates who aren't embedded in current modes of thought and so can think differently but steered by a cadre of industry experts. It's hoped that the outcomes will help test thinking about how energy systems might develop in the long-term, in Scotland, the UK and elsewhere such as the developing world.

Upside plans to undertake this exercise by engaging around 24 Masters and PhD students drawn from universities across the UK in an exercise (perhaps comprising two residential weekend events over the summer of 2018). It aims to get a diversity of viewpoints by engaging students from different disciplines (MBA, engineering, technology, environmental science, design) and schools, bringing everyone together into a structured exercise to develop multiple views of the potential scenarios and their implications. The network will:provide new “plausible but extreme” scenarios to test the boundaries of where the energy system might go and identify areas of uncertainty or opportunity where further research or development would be valuable.How will consumers and businesses buy and sell energy and associated services in 2035? what business and regulatory models might apply?, what are the wider social and economic impacts of the energy system?

Come and meet with Graham Oakes, Founder, Chair and CSO at Upside on Tuesday March 6th to see how you can feed into the 'exercise'. If you are a researcher or student engaged in energy-systems research whether as an engineer, modeller, economist or social scientist, please come along and find out how you can become part of this cohort and/or contribute to the Hackathons that Graham has conceived and find out how he intends to support this.

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What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For directions to and where to park at Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh see https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/edinburgh/maps-directions.htm. For a map of the campus, see https://www.hw.ac.uk/documents/edinburgh-campus-map.pdf

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Contact Patrick McCarthy at energy@hw.ac.uk or call +44 131 451 3881 or +44 7989536218

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