People power

How consumer choice is changing the UK energy system
People power
Small scale, low carbon energy technologies such as solar panels and electric cars are rapidly falling in cost as their popularity grows.

The UK’s future energy market will not only consist of passive customers buying power from big and distant power stations. Instead it will increasingly be owned and operated by those who purchase these technologies.

This poses new operational challenges for the grid, and a bigger challenge in intelligently governing the change in who owns the energy system.

Our 2017 report proposes four government interventions that are necessary to actively govern the new energy future.

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