12 May 2021

Energy Digitalisation Taskforce Launch

A new Energy Digitalisation Taskforce (EDiT) is being launched today by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, in partnership with Ofgem and Innovate UK, to continue the Government’s focus on modernising the energy system to unlock flexibility and drive clean growth towards net zero emissions by 2050.

EDiT will consider the market design, digital architecture and governance of a modern digitalised energy system and follows the highly influential Energy Data Taskforce which initiated a wave of energy data activity across government, the regulator and industry.

This Taskforce, like its predecessor, is run by Energy Systems Catapult and chaired by Laura Sandys.

Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, said: “Digitalisation is vital to reaching the UK’s ambitious world-leading climate change target.

The Taskforce will deliver a set of actionable recommendations that sit at the intersection between policy, regulation and innovation, to challenge the status quo and deliver the energy system transformation that we need to reach net zero.

The key objectives of the taskforce are to:

  • Refocus the energy sector on the challenge and opportunities of Digitalisation as a core component of transformation, not just an enabler
  • Accelerate digitalisation of the energy system which enables emerging net zero compatible business models, markets and industry structures
  • Develop target digital architectures and a roadmap which draw on experience from other sectors and provide the energy sector with a focal point to ensure digitalisation efforts are coordinated and effective
  • Identify digitalisation gaps which require innovation support
  • Identify the governance risks that digitalisation raises and present frameworks to mitigate issues

The objectives will focus on delivering actionable recommendations for two areas of focus: Energy System Destination and Governance. The former will focus on understanding the future digitalisation needs and drawing on best practice from other industries and countries to recommend technical options and a delivery roadmap. The latter will consider the new governance issues that deep digitalisation presents and look to other industries and countries to identify solutions for emerging monopolies and cross regulator risks.

The Taskforce will have oversight from a project board consisting of key members of the Modernising Energy Data initiatives across government, innovation and regulation.

The Taskforce will run from April 2021 until December 2021. 

Energy Digitalisation Taskforce – Structure

EDiT is chaired by Laura Sandys CBE and delivered by Energy Systems Catapult with support from EnergyRev. Laura has a strong track record of driving meaningful change across multiple sectors. Energy Systems Catapult will draw on their wealth of experience and expertise in the energy sector, UK industry, and academia to deliver the taskforce.

The EDiT delivery team at Energy Systems Catapult will assemble a group of strategic advisors made up of leaders from other sectors who can stretch and challenge the direction of the taskforce and emerging recommendations.

Five leading innovative industries have been tentatively identified, including: telecommunications, logistics, change management, internet (governance) and manufacturing.

The delivery team will also build on the stakeholder community that was established during the Energy Data Taskforce. Active engagement with stakeholders who are not represented in that existing community will ensure that the development of the recommendations is robust and that the final recommendations are widely supported.

Energy Digitalisation Taskforce – Delivery

Early in the Taskforce process, EdiT will deliver a review of the EDTF recommendations from June 2019 to understand where the sector should go next. This will allow the sector to learn from the initiatives that have been launched over the last two years

The delivery team will then work in sprints to develop recommendations for Energy System Destination and Governance. The project team will also engage with the wider sector through a series of events at the end of each delivery sprint.

At the conclusion of the Taskforce there will be a final report detailing the new recommendations for the sector, along with a set of dissemination events for the sector to engage with the recommendations and work towards their adoption.

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