About this event
The grid in the UK is constrained, slowing down the country in its push towards net zero. This is one of the most significant challenges for the regulators as well as developers, with many connections dates now being beyond 2030. Is the scale of the problem truly understood?
The system needs to be flexible and resilient in its operation, as the events of the last couple of years (pandemic, Ukraine crisis, general political instability) have pushed energy security to the front of everyone’s minds.
The traditional approach to delivery including developing organically over longer periods is no longer going to achieve the outcomes required. The accelerated requirements of the network development need a fundamental change in philosophy to deliver. A host of holistic approaches to the practical challenge exist, but we clearly need a programmatic approach as our grid has to support adoption of low carbon technologies such as Electric Vehicles, Heat Pumps and Integrated generation and storage (e.g. Solar PV and BESS).
Covering the skills gap, the need for digital investment, Modern Methods of Construction, Social Value impact and changes are required in the delivery approach.
In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, speakers from AECOM will explore these grid constraints in the transition to net zero.
Eloise John leads AECOM’s energy sector within the UK and Ireland. With strong ESG principles and inclusive partnership embedded in all her work, Eloise strives to successfully deliver projects which add real value in making the world a better place. With a background in electrical engineering and almost 20 years’ experience in the energy sector, she brings together AECOM’s integrated approach to help clients navigate the transition to a low carbon energy model.
Martin leads the Grid Advisory team in AECOM’s UK&I Energy business focussing on helping clients to understand grid constraints, decarbonising their facilities, and using the optimal renewable energy technologies to support their energy transition. He has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector and has delivered T&D infrastructure projects, including HVDC, FACTS, and offshore wind, across the globe, and in providing expertise in the application and design of renewable energy technologies, transmission and distribution system modelling and analysis, electric vehicle transition, energy storage and grid impact assessment.
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