What are the most disruptive trends in the world of renewable energy today?
Principal, Plan-e Advisory
“There has been disruption in the way companies procure renewable energy in order to be consistent and compliant with their net-zero emissions targets. Numerous companies claim their infrastructure (e.g. data centers) runs on renewable energy at a 100% capacity. In reality, their power consumption is never perfectly derived from a renewable source, whether that be directly or via batteries. Systems providing greater transparency and auditability regarding the mixed composition of the energy they use – and thus, the carbon footprint they create – are important because they can create a more accommodating price signal for both carbon and new renewable technologies, especially in the context of energy storage. The engineer in me is also intrigued to see how grids will cope with increased uptake of EVs and their potentially unpredictable charging patterns. It will be particularly interesting to see how grids will cope with increased uptake of EVs and their potentially unpredictable charging patterns. It will be particularly interesting to see how markets adopt to ‘guarantee’ a person’s EV is charged with renewable power.”