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The interactions between HEM, the electricity system and energy communities

As my colleague Alix Weil explained in her blog, a strong growth is expected in the market of Home Energy Management (HEM) and we believe over 2.3M homes will be equipped by 2023. This is mostly driven by the optimisation of self-consumption and of dynamic electricity tariffs.

We defined HEM as optimising the energy flows in the home, and this is only a part of a wider trend towards a more distributed, democratised energy system. Particularly linked to HEM, two other elements of the energy transition can see huge benefits from managing energy in the home:

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The Home Energy Management market is ready for take off

We have been analysing the Home Energy Management (HEM) space for over a decade at Delta-EE, and the market has come a long way.

10 years ago, energy suppliers were providing energy monitoring devices (or in-home displays) to their customers, in a hope to make them understand their consumption and save energy as a result. That’s what the industry called HEM at the time. History told us however that customers quickly lose interest for these devices, as once you have the information, there isn’t much you can do on an ongoing basis with it.

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The proposition is heating up: How Europe’s heat market could change

The transition from ‘old’ to ‘new’ heat is disrupting the market in several ways, creating new business models, customer propositions and technology ecosystems, as well as opening up opportunities for new market players and sales channels. This two-part blog series will consider how the heat market could evolve and what could be seen in the next few years.

This first part considers heating system functionality and connectivity, value stream diversification and hydrogen for heat. The second will look at customer propositions.

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How Brussels is pointing the direction for the European energy transition

All personal opinions regarding Brexit aside, there’s no denying that the European Commission and European Union has a huge influence over the energy sector. Recent episode of Talking New Energy, the Delta-EE podcast, focuses on what the latest policy coming out of the EU means for the energy transition. 

As Frauke Thies, Executive Director at SmartEn, explains, organisations such as SmartEn help their members understand the legislation coming out of the European Union and how it affects them. It is not always easy to help countries understand the influence of the EU, but its influence is paramount. Take the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, for example, which has set the target for member states to achieve nearly zero energy buildings in new builds. In the future this will push towards achieving a renovation of building stock as well. 

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Having the right approach to installation and maintenance capability will be critical to ensuring new energy success

Everyone knows that the future of energy will be much more distributed. Technologies such as EV chargers, heat pumps, batteries, solar panels, and smart controls will be installed in greater and greater numbers.

More and more customers will buy services built around these products. Building such services or subscription business, or offering bundles of products, is where many companies are rightly heading.

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OVO's Plan Zero: transforming the energy system

OVO’s ‘Future of Energy’ event at the Tate Modern on the South Bank in London was ostensibly about celebrating the company’s 10 year anniversary – in which the company, founded by CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick, has grown to around 1.5 million. 

With the announced acquisition of the SSE retail customer base of 3.5 million pending – subject to regulatory approval as Fitzpatrick was at pains to point out – OVO will become the second largest energy supplier in the UK with circa 5 million customers - quite a journey and something to be celebrated for sure.  The company has relentlessly focused on customer service and experience, and its success in doing so shines through in its customer growth and the numerous customer service or industry awards it was won over the years.  

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