Blog - Guest Blogs & Editorials

2018, the year of electrifying trends in the utility sector

  • 1 year, 4 months ago (2018-02-04)
  • Junior Isles

Last year’s disruption in the utility sector, from regulation to renewable sources of energy, will accelerate in 2018 as leading utilities aggressively pursue digital transformation. 

By Saul Zambrano, Global Industry Director for Energy and Utilities at Software AG.

The future of storage capacity for the grid

  • 1 year, 4 months ago (2018-01-16)
  • Junior Isles

The past few months should leave little doubt the UK government is firmly in support of demand response for the grid.

By Ian Larive, Investment Director, Low Carbon

The DDoS threat for energy and utility companies

  • 1 year, 6 months ago (2017-11-25)
  • Junior Isles

By Scott Taylor, VP at Corero Network Security

The Internet of Things represents a new reality for the energy sector, improving how we manage our power distribution and consumption, and enabling a more flexible and efficient energy grid. This has introduced a range of benefits, including a greater flexibility to accommodate new energy sources, better management of assets as well as greater reliability of services. But as operating systems have become increasingly connected to the Internet, it has also increased the potential for damaging cyber attacks such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS).

By Scott Taylor, VP at Corero Network Security

 

Will the gig economy end the war on talent?

  • 1 year, 7 months ago (2017-11-01)
  • Junior Isles

Matthew Hallé, Managing Director, Singular

The workforce is changing. New generations value flexibility in how they are engaged, hired and managed – so companies are having to adapt to stay relevant. The gig economy has emerged as a focal point in this transition, with workers taking on a variety of assignments – or gigs – for multiple parties rather than long-term employments.

 

"Energy regulation, market intervention: what’s it all about?” A supplier’s view

  • 1 year, 8 months ago (2017-09-28)
  • Junior Isles

Doug Stewart, Chief Executive of Green Energy UK

When five former energy regulators, including Professor Stephen Littlechild, and the electricity regulator for the 10 years post-privatisation, are questioning the regulation of the energy market (as they did in 2015 as part of the CMA Inquiry), I tend to listen and take stock. Littlechild & Co said it was time to dial-down the level of regulation in the UK energy sector.  Whereas there’s a body of opinion, among consumer groups, some politicans and sections of the press who would suggest that even more regulation is required. In my world, I’d call it intervention. 

Charged with potential

  • 1 year, 10 months ago (2017-08-05)
  • Junior Isles

By Darren Farrar, energy segment manager at Schneider Electric

Partly thanks to the declining price of Lithium Ion (Li-Ion), battery storage technology stands on the precipice of strong growth. 

Taiwan and the UK can cooperate on green energy solutions

  • 2 years ago (2017-05-01)
  • Junior Isles

By Jeremy Horng, Managing Director of Taiwan Trade Centre, London, United Kingdom.

Although Brexit makes the future of energy cooperation between the UK and the EU unclear, Taiwan will keep abreast of the UK energy industry trends, and provide timely green energy solutions and services to UK businesses. Accordingly, in May Taiwan will be sending their first delegation to the UK to promote its green energy expertise and to foster cooperation both in the business and academic fields.

 

Sustainable growth in the Middle East

  • 2 years ago (2017-02-10)
  • Junior Isles

By DLA Piper's Maher Ghanma and Micael Johnstone

2016 saw the international community finally reach agreement for collective action on climate change with the rapid ratification and entry into force of the Paris Agreement. DLA Piper's Maher Ghanma and Micael Johnstone assess the impacts and opportunities that the transition to a low carbon future presents to businesses and policy-makers in the Middle East.

France: Pioneering Lower-Carbon Solar Energy

  • 2 years ago (2016-09-26)

Andreas Wade, Global Director, First Solar

In recent months, news about the solar energy industry was dominated by headlines describing record-breaking tariffs, reflecting the fast declining price of solar electricity. And while the focus has been on the attractive economics of utility-scale solar, it is often taken for granted that solar energy is inherently environmentally sustainable and that its carbon credentials don’t require scrutiny.

Energy volatility, now

  • 2 years ago (2016-09-26)
  • Junior Isles

Andy Dewis, VP energy and sustainability services, Schneider Electric

With the ongoing dip in crude oil prices, it is natural to assume that utility prices would follow a similar, downward trajectory. Yet electricity prices remain stagnant.