People power: How consumer choice is changing the UK energy system

By Robert Lyons on 22nd May 2017

This recent Green Alliance report looks at how small scale, low carbon energy technologies such as solar panels and electric cars are rapidly falling in cost as their popularity grows. The UK’s future energy market will not only consist of passive customers buying power from big and distant power stations. Instead it will increasingly be owned and operated by those who purchase these technologies. This poses new operational challenges for the grid, and a bigger challenge in intelligently governing the change in who owns the energy system.