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Jon has over 20 years' experience in the distributed energy, heat and energy services sectors, and is a founding director of Delta-EE, Jon has worked with an extensive range of clients across Europe, Japan and beyond, supporting and advising them on a wide range of energy transition topics. He is passionate about supporting the Delta-EE team to play its role in helping the energy transition happen as effectively and quickly as possible.

Jon has overall responsibility for Delta-EE’s portfolio of subscription products, covering heat, flexibility and storage, digital energy, distributed power, e-mobility, new business models and local energy systems. He also supports numerous consulting assignments. He is a regular conference presenter on how the energy transition is unfolding and works closely with Delta-EE’s clients, ranging from incumbent utilities to new entrants, and product manufacturers to investors. Jon hosts ‘Talking New Energy’, the Delta-EE podcast.

A new energy response to the new energy crisis

There’s a famous saying, “never let a crisis go to waste”. The current energy crisis – while having a terrible impact on many customers – gives the energy sector a golden opportunity to get in shape for the energy transition.

The crisis, being felt to different degrees across Europe, is a consequence of several unrelated factors happening at the same time. Global demand for gas has picked up rapidly, some gas and power facilities have been offline, gas storage levels were lower than normal, and weather conditions resulted in low output from renewables.

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Electricity distribution networks and the energy transition: opportunities and challenges (part 1)

Electricity distribution networks will increasingly come under the spotlight as the energy transition gathers pace. 

Distribution networks are entering a brave new age. They have done their job excellently in Europe in the previous decades – distributing electricity from the transmission system to households and businesses in an increasingly efficient, cost-effective, reliable manner. 

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Progress in an unpredictable year: our energy transition highlights of 2020 and predictions for the future

We’ve done it... We’ve reached the end of 2020. As we all breathe a collective sigh of relief and look forward to the year ahead, it’s time to take a glass half full approach and celebrate the success we’ve seen in the new energy transition over the past year.

I was recently joined by my colleagues Charmaine Coutinho, Head of Consulting, and Lindsay Sugden, Head of Heat, to do just that.

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Localisation of energy is starting to transform the energy system

Don’t get caught out by thinking this is something for the future. It’s happening now. Local optimisation of supply and demand is on the rise, and will accelerate. In this blog I set out the five reasons why.  

If you agree with these, and you are in the active in the energy value chain, you need to take an active position on what this means for your business. There is a whole host of start-ups and companies from outside the traditional utility sector (as well as your traditional competitors) starting to target the opportunities arising from localisation of energy.  

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The New Energy Letter: May 2020

At the current time it’s difficult to think about the energy transition without thinking about the current COVID-19 crisis. The economic downturn affects all parts of the economy, depresses energy demand, and impacts the whole energy value chain. But what specifically does it mean for the transition from old to new energy? We’ve identified five key points

  1. Digitalisation will accelerate. Companies with digital customer channels are less affected. Automated processes, such as those used by demand side flexibility providers, are carrying on as normal. Connected home propositions built around peace of mind may get more traction. These are just three examples.
  2. ‘As a Service’ business models will gain more traction. Upfront capital will be harder to find for businesses and individuals alike. From electrification of fleets to new heating systems, propositions that remove upfront payments will be well positioned.
  3. Subsidies & incentives are under pressure, but there are opportunities for ‘green’ stimulus packages. On one hand, government spending on the energy transition will come under pressure. Business models dependent on subsidies and incentives may suffer. On the other hand, if stimulus to kick-start economic growth have a green tinge to them, this could open new opportunities. Finally, historically low oil prices may be a once in a generation opportunity to reduce the US$500 trillion global subsidies that fossil fuels receive.
  4. Innovation without a big price tag. Grand, shiny, expensive innovation projects have gradually been going out of fashion as companies focus on rapid, agile, fail-fast approaches to innovation. The crisis will accelerate this. Big new projects won’t be big priorities for most companies; but low-cost innovation will enable companies to keep pushing forward on the transition to new energy.
  5. A further boost for localisation of energy. The current crisis has highlighted the fragility of our global, just-in-time supply chains and interconnected economies. One scenario for how we come out of the crisis is an increased focus on resilience, localisation and decentralisation. This backdrop would add a further boost for the rapidly emerging community and local energy sectors.

The current crisis is affecting us all – and our thoughts go out to those directly affected by the virus. The speed of the impact has been staggering. It has meant decisions are being taken incredibly quickly, organisations and people are adapting amazingly, and innovative approaches are being developed in days rather than months.

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The New Energy Letter: January 2020

The energy system’s going to get much, much more localised. Maybe you don’t think that’s big news? With photovoltaics appearing on more and more rooftops, and storage in homes, isn’t this obvious? In my opinion what you see today is just the very tip of the iceberg.

In the past, economies of scale, dependence on bulk extraction of fossil fuel for generation, and inflexible demand dictated a paradigm of bigger is better, and optimisation of energy systems at the largest possible scale. The rationale for this paradigm no longer holds. Non-fossil fuel forms of generation and storage are deployable cost-effectively at small scale; demand is increasingly flexible; and data, software and analytics can be used for sophisticated optimisation of generation, network assets, storage and demand.

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