Energy CEOs describe the new technologies and mindsets critical to meet net zero

CEOs from three of the UKs leading energy companies shared their views in a frank discussion at the Energy Networks Innovation Conference (ENIC21) on Friday 15 October.

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John Morea from SGN; Basil Scarsella from UK Power Networks and Chris Burchell from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks each outlined the work energy networks are doing to support net zero and their vison for the future in 2030 and 2050.

The debate centred on the new challenges posed by a growth market, the need for a wide range of solutions that are community lead and that ensure no-one gets left behind.

The CEOs agreed that every piece of technology is going to be required “…because we shouldn’t underestimate the challenge of converting 30 million homes to net zero carbon”; and warned against allowing any delays to getting projects off the ground. Paramount was also the need to earn the respect of all customers as the energy sector makes this seismic transformation.

Despite the challenges, the CEOs described an exciting future for the sector with many more jobs and those involved in energy, part of a generational change responsible for helping clean up the planet and save lives.

The CEO panel, moderated by Rhian Kelly from National Grid, also took questions from the audience ranging from:

  • What changes to the regulatory and funding mechanisms will help with the transition to net zero and whether they will be supported
  • Whether biomethane is a long term or stop gap option
  • Which technologies will be critical to achieving net zero
  • What the networks are doing to support the transition for vulnerable customers.

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