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Energy Challenges for Wales: The Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (FLEXIS) Project

  1. 1. Energy Challenges for Wales: The Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (FLEXIS) Project Prof Nick Pidgeon Understanding Risk Group and UK Energy Research Centre, Cardiff University Policy Forum For Wales Seminar – Realising Wales’ Energy Potential, 14th July 2016
  2. 2. Our energy system is changing The status quo is: • safe • stressed • cheap • ageing And, the future could be: • multi-vector • whole system • distributed • flexible • smart But, change is upon us: • climate change act • society • technology • digital Which Direction? Communities, Data, People, Society, Information Policy & Regulation Electricity or multi- vector? National / Local? Top Down or Bottom Up? ©2016 Energy Systems Catapult. All rights reserved. ©2016 Energy Systems Catapult. All right Slide Source: Philip New, CEO, Energy Systems Catapult ©2016 Energy Systems Catapult. All rights reserved.
  3. 3. The UK’s 5th Carbon Budget • Cross-Party Consensus led to the 2008 Climate Change Act and commits the UK to an 80% cut in emissions by 2050 • Carbon Budgets over 5 year periods • 5th Carbon Budget just agreed by government
  4. 4. Energy Challenges for Wales Ageing Energy and Industrial Infrastructure Rural and Low Income Populations Evolving Governance Structures Rich in Renewable Resources – but can they be exploited fully? Source: DECC 2014
  5. 5. The Role of People in System Change • Publics are deeply implicated in how energy systems are shaped and used Energy producers & consumers Active proponents & protesters Citizens with voting powers
  6. 6. What is FLEXIS?What is FLEXIS? • WEFO’s ERDF Programme, Priority Axis 1: Research and Innovation • Total budget of £24.5 million over 6 years from 2015 (£15.2 million ERDF grant) • Pan-Wales energy research proposal - East Wales (EW) and West Wales and the Valleys (WWV) • Main Objective: support to leading-edge energy scientists (including social scientists) and engineers in Wales • Also delivery of WEFO Cross Cutting Themes
  7. 7. Our energy system is changing The status quo is: • safe • stressed • cheap • ageing And, the future could be: • multi-vector • whole system • distributed • flexible • smart But, change is upon us: • climate change act • society • technology • digital Which Direction? Communities, Data, People, Society, Information Policy & Regulation Electricity or multi- vector? National / Local? Top Down or Bottom Up? ©2016 Energy Systems Catapult. All rights reserved. ©2016 Energy Systems Catapult. All right Slide Source: Philip New, CEO, Energy Systems Catapult ©2016 Energy Systems Catapult. All rights reserved.
  8. 8. • Themes • Activities can also be classified into • FLEXIS overarching activities • Transition to the Low Carbon Future • Low Carbon Future (including Energy Systems & Carbon Management) Integrated Energy Networks Integrated Energy Storage and Generation Smart Living in the Built Environment Fuels and Earth Energy Systems CROSS CUTTING THEMES Equality and Diversity Sustainable Development Tackling Poverty TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION
  9. 9. Flexis Workstream 17: Social Acceptability and Responsible Innovation • Professor Nick Pidgeon • Professor Karen Henwood • Dr Christopher Groves • Dr Fiona Shirani
  10. 10. Thank You

Editor's Notes

  • This is why we have three interconnected work packages - - under WP1 we investigate what sorts of future visions are held by experts of and what assumptions, possibility spaces and issue spaces underlie them.
    WP2 uses qualitative social science methods pioneered on Energy Biographies to explore how people experience changes to energy systems in their everyday lives and how what matters to them This opens up additional perspectives on what might be viable and desirable
    Under WP3, we undertake deliberative events at which technical experts, other stakeholders from industry and public policy meet with members of demonstrator site communities to explore the desirability and viability of different options.
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