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Index

Episode 1 | A hydrogen economy in the future—how and when?

Episode 2 | Challenges and lessons learned in district heating

Episode 3 | Flexibility: integrating more renewables in the grid

Episode 4 | Purpose-led transformations

Episode 5 | Energy legislation

Episode 6 | Shortage of technical personnel (Dutch episode)

Episode 7 | Bundled energy offerings

Episode 8 | System Inertia

An introduction to Transition Talk

The energy system is undergoing radical changes in light of the sustainability push, which is changing the way the world works and lives. Listen to new insights on the latest developments in the energy transition.

As part of the energy transition, sustainability moves to the heart of businesses forcing them to carry out a systemic shift. Be prepared and ensure your sustainability initiatives are future-ready in this new economy. You'll also need to transform existing business models to unlock new value in a purpose-driven sustainable world.

In collaboration with our ecosystem, we've developed this podcast series called Transition Talk. Here, we discuss different elements of the energy transition with industry experts and share their insights and opinions.

The world is changing toward a sustainable future. Stay in touch with the latest insights in the energy transition

 

Episode 1: Hydrogen

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Hydrogen is increasingly mentioned as an indispensable link in our future energy system. In our first podcast episode, we discuss how and when we can achieve a hydrogen economy with experts from the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate and Gasunie.

Hydrogen has huge potential as a sustainable energy carrier and feedstock in the manufacturing industry, transport sector and heating of the built environment. Moreover, hydrogen may play an important role in system integration as increased flexibility is required to keep the grid stable.

As part of the energy transition, demand for energy is being electrified, while the share of renewable energy on the supply side is steadily increasing. Due to these immense developments in the energy system, balancing energy supply and demand across space and time becomes even more challenging. Hydrogen can play an important role in sector coupling of the electricity and gas grids, thereby stabilizing the system as a whole.

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Melissa Stark, Global Renewables Lead at Accenture, Noé van Hulst, Hydrogen Envoy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy, and René Schutte, Program Manager Hydrogen at Gasunie, discuss the role that hydrogen may play in our future energy system. Especially, green and blue hydrogen are discussed, as well as the timing and scaling of a hydrogen market and possible regulatory changes to stimulate a hydrogen economy.

Listen to this episode to learn more about how we can achieve a hydrogen economy.

Meet the speakers

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René Schutte

Progam Manager Hydrogen - Gasunie

René Schutte is Program Manager Hydrogen at Dutch energy utility Gasunie. René joined Gasunie in 2006, where he worked as Category Manager Energy and managed the Projects Industry and Markets department before becoming the Program Manager Hydrogen. He develops a hydrogen program at Gasunie and prepared a concept hydrogen program for the Dutch Climate Agreement.

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Noé van Hulst

Hydrogen Envoy - Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy

Noé van Hulst is Hydrogen Envoy at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy. Prior to that, Noé has been the Dutch Ambassador to the OECD, Chairman of the IEA Governing Board and held positions at the Energy Academy Europe, the International Energy Forum (IEF), the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

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Melissa Stark

Global Renewables Lead - Accenture

Melissa Stark is a managing director in Accenture with over 25 years of experience working across all sectors of the energy industry. She focuses on R&D/technology, investment and decision support, and supply. Melissa is Accenture’s Global Renewables Lead and has authored more than 40 papers and articles over the last 10 years.

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Our hydrogen insights

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How Gasunie accelerates the energy transition

How can Gasunie become more purpose-driven and move toward CO2-neutral sources of energy to accelerate the energy transition? Find out how they've achieved it.

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Tata Steel's 3 steps to becoming carbon-neutral

Steel manufacturers face disruption from many angles. Tata Steel, with its 100-year legacy, is no exception. Learn from Roger Steens how Tata Steel has redefined its purpose.

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The role of hydrogen in the energy transition

Energy storage is key for a successful energy transition. Hydrogen is a promising renewable, but can large-scale hydrogen storage play a pivotal role for Dutch system operators?

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Hydrogen suitability for households

How can hydrogen become a renewable energy option for you and me? In this infographic, we've put together the factors that influence the suitability of hydrogen for households. 

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Episode 2: District heating

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District heating plays a vital part in moving toward a more sustainable heating energy system. In the second episode of our transition talk, we discuss the challenges of implementing district heating networks and how to overcome these with experts from Vattenfall and the Heat Network Foundation (“ Stichting Warmtenetwerk “).

Heating in buildings accounts for over half of residential energy consumption via space heating and hot water production, and, therefore, represents a significant share of CO 2 emissions. In the energy transition, district heating is able to produce sustainable heat by distributing heat from various readily available sustainable heat sources to the consumer.

However, the implementation of district heating networks comes with many challenges. These challenges are, for example, issues around business cases and tariffs, roles and responsibilities, and customer participation and satisfaction in the district heating market. How to overcome these challenges and what are the lessons learned so far?

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Johnny Hesp, Energy & Sustainability Solutions Specialist at Accenture, Arno van Gestel, Director Sales Heat at Vattenfall, and Erik Stronk, Chairman of Heat Network Foundation (“ Stichting Warmtenetwerk“) and former CEO at Ennatuurlijk, discuss current challenges and lessons learned for district heating network operators and stakeholders. 

Listen to our district heating podcast with the audio player below.

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Meet the speakers

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Erik Stronk

Chairman of the Board - Stichting Warmtenetwerk

Erik Stronk is Chairman of the Board of Heat Network Foundation (Stichting Warmtenetwerk). This foundation provides a platform for all players taking part in the district heating value chain. Prior to that, Erik has been CEO of Dutch district heating company Ennatuurlijk and held positions in advisory boards of various companies specialized in sustainable area development.

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Arno van Gestel

Commercial Director Heat Netherlands - Vattenfall

Arno van Gestel is Commercial Director Heat Netherlands at international energy utility Vattenfall. He is in charge of sales, marketing and product management, contracting and stakeholder management for Vattenfall in the Dutch district heating market. Arno has been representing the district heating companies in drafting the Dutch Climate Agreement.

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Johnny Hesp

Business Integration Manager - Accenture Industry X.O

Johnny Hesp is Business Integration Manager at Accenture and is responsible for services and innovation in the field of energy management. Johnny joined Accenture in 2015 as part of an acquisition. Over the past 15 years, Johnny has been actively involved in developing, building, and operating district heating networks across Europe.

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Our district heating insights

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Boosting the energy transition with a digitally-enabled heat grid

Can district heating play a significant role in the Dutch energy transition? We believe so. WarmtelinQ shows how a digitally-enabled transmission network can have a major impact. 

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Coriance customer story – Cloudy with a chance of operational visibility

How can a heating company collect, standardize, validate assets, and gain real-time operational insights? With a single source of truth, Coriance can now optimize the performance of their heat sources and network in the cloud. 

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Anticipating the future Dutch district heating system

There's an urgent need to transform our obsolete heating system into a sustainable one. District heating will play a major role in the Dutch energy transition. Learn more about current and future district heating systems and get to know how to leave your competitors behind.

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Episode 3: Flexibility

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Energy flexibility plays an increasingly important role in securing a stable energy system. In the third episode of our Transition Talk, we discuss the challenge of incorporating more flexibility measures into our energy system with experts from Tennet and Giga Storage .

With flexibility, we mean the ability of an electrical system to respond to changes in the electricity supply and demand. The need for flexibility is growing owing to a rising share of renewables in the electricity mix—which have intermittent supply characteristics—and the electrification of energy demand. That’s why balancing and congestion issues can manifest themselves on different levels of the grid.

To solve this, we discuss a variety of flexibility solutions in this Transition Talk podcast, like storage technologies, interconnections, and demand response technologies. Each solution differs in size and impacts a different part of the electricity value chain. A closer look is also taken at the Rhino battery from Giga Storage, the most powerful battery project in the Netherlands. How do innovations like these provide system flexibility? And how can we secure a stable energy system in the future?

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In episode 3 of our Transition Talk series, Jan-Paul Dijckmans, Associate Director Strategy & Partnerships at Tennet, Ruud Nijs, Founder of Giga Storage, and Lonneke Tabak, Consultancy Manager Energy Transition at Accenture, discuss the challenges and developments regarding flexibility in the electricity system.

Listen to our Flexibility podcast with the audio player below.

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Meet the speakers

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Jan-Paul Dijckmans

Associate Director Strategy & Partnerships - TenneT

Jan-Paul Dijckmans is Associate Director Strategy & Partnerships at the first cross-border electricity transmission operator TenneT. He is also part of the Supervisory Board of BritNed and NOVEC. Jan-Paul joined TenneT in 2001 and has worked in several management positions such as offshore DC Interconnectors and Regulatory Affairs. In his current role, he is responsible for strategy, business development, innovation, digitalization, flexibility, CertiQ and the North Sea Wind Power Hub program.

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Ruud Nijs

Founding Partner & CEO - GIGA Storage

Ruud Nijs is the Founding Partner and Chief Executive Officer at GIGA Storage, responsible for the company’s general policy. GIGA Storage brings breakthrough solutions to large-scale energy storage. Ruud is a business economist with extensive experience in business strategy, financing, sustainability and corporate social responsibility. His experience is a culmination of many years working in high-level positions, as well as being advisory and board member at several companies such as ABN AMRO, Rabobank, Greenbank and Sustainable Trade Initiative. 

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Lonneke Tabak

Technology Consulting Manager - Accenture

Lonneke Tabak is Strategy & Consulting Energy Transition Manager in Accenture’s Utilities group. Her focus is on flexibility in energy markets and hydrogen. She's passionate about the energy transition and the possibility to make our energy supply 100% sustainable. Prior to joining Accenture, Lonneke led a project to connect electric vehicles to the primary reserve market by demand-response. Overall, she has comprehensive expertise and knowledge of the Dutch energy market, demand-side management and electric mobility.

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Our energy flexibility insights

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Capturing value in managing energy flexibility

A new energy landscape presents novel approaches to managing and delivering flexibility across the utility value chain. Explore in our report how to smooth renewables volatility.

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Consumers offer added flex for European power

Consumers can help uncover new sources of flexibility to help balance electricity supply and demand. Learn how this can create a variety of new opportunities for energy providers. 

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Networks that matter: the digitally enabled grid

Explore our digitally enabled grid research and see why it's time for utility distribution businesses to take charge of their future. How can you maintain networks that matter?

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Episode 4: Purpose-led transformations

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The purpose of a company is to engage all its stakeholders in shared and sustained value creation. Moving beyond the focus on shareholders and profit, companies should refocus on serving all their stakeholders—employees, customers, suppliers, local communities, and society at large. In this sense, purpose has a lot to do with the path toward a more sustainable world, which includes the transition to green energy.

In the fourth episode of our Transition Talk podcast series, we discuss the importance of a clear company purpose to achieve sustainability goals and recover in a time of crisis, with experts from Nyenrode University / Lab Toekomstige Generaties and Nudge .

The energy transition is one of the biggest system transformations we currently face as a society. For companies, setting a clear purpose, a mission that is incorporated in their DNA and that touches employees on a personal level, is key to unlocking the creativity and inspiration needed to be successful in this transition.

This is even more relevant in the current global context, where COVID-19 has pushed hard on a global pause button and raised the sense of urgency for companies to both survive and also drive long-term business resilience. During this podcast, we’ll further investigate to what extend COVID-19 has set a new way of thinking about the connection between sustainability and business.

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In episode 4 of our Transition Talk series,  Jan van Betten, Founder at Nudge,  Tineke Lambooy, professor Corporate Law and CSR at Nyenrode University and member of the Dutch Lab 'Toekomstige Generaties', and  Adriana Begeer, Senior Manager Energy and Sustainability at Accenture Strategy & Consulting, discuss the challenges and developments in purpose-led transformations.

Listen to our Purpose podcast with the audio player below.

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Prof. Dr. Tineke Lambooy LL.M.

Professor Corporate Law - Nyenrode Business University

Tineke Lambooy is a Professor of Corporate Law at Nyenrode Business University. Tineke conducts (multidisciplinary) research projects concerning corporate law, corporate governance, and CSR. She raises the question of how corporate law can assist in creating systemic change in the implementation of sustainability goals by companies. Legal forms and innovative business models for social enterprises are also within her interest area. In her research, Tineke focuses on the interaction between business, policymakers and legislators, civil society, and other stakeholders.

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Jan van Betten

Founder - Nudge

Jan gave up his corporate career to become a serial entrepreneur and investor in sustainable businesses. He founded Nudge, the largest sustainability platform in the Netherlands, and the Nudge Global Impact Challenge, a global leadership development program for young leaders. Jan is also an advisory board member at several CSR-related organizations, including De Energiebank, the Mary Chirwa Foundation, and The Pollinators, to name just a few. And last but not least, he's a proud father of two.

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Adriana Begeer

Senior Manager - Accenture Strategy & Consulting, Energy & Sustainability Lead, the Netherlands

Adriana leads the energy and sustainability practices for Accenture the Netherlands' Strategy & Consulting group. In this role, she supports clients with holistically approaching the energy transition, defining their purpose, and setting up their business and digital transformation agenda. Prior to joining Accenture, Adriana worked for several large consulting companies with a focus on supply chain management, sustainability, and the public sector.

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Episode 5: Energy legislation

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Energy legislation is changing due to new requirements driven by the energy transition. In the fifth episode of our transition talk we discuss why new legislation is required and what changes need to be made to accelerate the transition.

The new “Energiewet” is in the making. With this new regulation the Dutch government is changing the current Gaswet and Elektriciteitswet from 1998 with the goal to create an integrated regulation which will enable the energy transition and support the sustainability goals.

However, there is a lot of discussion on this new law, and what is required from legislation to facilitate the transition. What changes require new legislation? What is the role of legislation in facilitating the energy transition? And what challenges do we still have to overcome?

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In episode 5 of our Transition Talk series,  Sander van Ginkel, Managing Director Utilities at Accenture, Maarten Moolhuysen Strategy Director at Essent and Dick Weiffenbach Head of Netbeheer NL (association of Energy Grid Operators) discuss the developments in energy legislation, the new energy law and what is needed from it to excel the energy transition.

Listen to our Energy legislation podcast with the audio player below.

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Maarten Moolhuysen

Strategy Director - Essent

Maarten has over 20 years of experience in managing change, transformation and implementation programs in the area of business and IT, with broad experience from strategy to implementation. The last 15 years he focused on the energy sector, from liberalization to commercialization to energy transition.

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Dick Weiffenbach

Managing Director - Netbeheer Nederland

Dick Weiffenbach is managing director of Netbeheer Nederland, the association of grid operators in the Netherlands. Weiffenbach has held this position since July 2020. Before that, he worked at HVG Law, part of EY, as sector leader of all energy professionals of the concern. Weiffenbach worked as a director at EY for almost 25 years before moving to the public sector. The main challenge for grid operators, in his view, is to fulfill their central role in the energy transition.

Visit Dick's LinkedIn profile here

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Sander van Ginkel

Managing Director Utilities - Accenture

Sander van Ginkel has a longstanding background in strategy & transformation in the energy and utilities industry. Since he joined Accenture in 1995, he has helped numerous clients across the globe Europe with strategic questions related to energy transition, digital strategy and transformation, growth initiatives and transforming operating models. Sander leads the Strategy practice for Utilities across Europe.

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Episode 6: Shortage of technical personnel (Dutch episode)

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In the Netherlands, there is a significant shortage of technical personnel. A problem which is relevant in many sectors, however, especially the national grid operators, who play an important role in enabling the energy transition, are struggling with this problem. The number of young people opting for a technical education continues to decline, in particular within the vocational education. On the other hand, due to the energy transition and the ambitious climate goals, there is a growing demand for work.

In this episode of Transition Talk, we will take a closer look at the various causes of this problem and at the (in)direct consequences. Also, we will zoom further in on innovative solutions and best practices. Since all players in the sector are already working on solutions in recruitment and projects around operational efficiency, we would like to focus on less emphasized solutions, such as making the sector more attractive as an employer, training and hiring more women for technical positions and the employment of foreign technicians.

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In episode 6 of our Transition Talk series, Marlies Visser, Chief Operating Officer of Alliander, Beatrice Boots, Director of ‘Platform Talent voor Technologie’, and Henk Bijl, Managing Director at Accenture Resources are invited for this podcast episode. Together they will discuss the causes, consequences and possible solutions based on their experience within respectively the industry, training & recruitment and technology & digital transformation.

Listen to our Shortage of technical personnel podcast with the audio player below.

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Marlies Visser

Chief Operation Officer - Alliander

Marlies Visser is the COO of grid operator Alliander and is responsible for the execution of all operational activities regarding the electricity- and gas grid of Alliander. In 2020, Alliander has invested €890 million in the grid infrastructure. The expectations are that these investments will rise further in the upcoming years.

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Beatrice Boots

Director - Platform Talent voor Technologie

Beatrice Boots is the director of ‘Platform Talent voor Technologie’. The mission of this platform is to make it possible for all younger people in primary- and secondary education to discover and develop their talent for technology. To realize this mission, sustainable collaborations between educational institutions and companies within regional networks are set up (e.g. Jet-Net&TechNet program). Also, hybrid teaching is stimulated together with life-ling development within education to maintain sufficient and qualified teachers for the science subjects.

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Henk Bijl

Managing Director and Client Account Lead - Accenture

Henk Bijl is Managing Director at Accenture is the client account lead for the utilities and infrastructure business, which also includes the Dutch grid operators. He supports clients in achieving a successful transformation towards high performing digital organizations and thus to contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition.

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Episode 7: Bundled energy offerings

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For the past decade companies have been trying to offer a broad range of energy-related offerings to their customers touching upon people’s houses, cars and lifestyle. So far, there are no real success stories, but will this change now that electric vehicles and hence eMobility services are here to stay?

The energy transition coupled with the advancement of technology offers companies a sea of opportunities to engage deeper with their customers when it comes to energy-related services. Many positive business cases have been developed on what to bet, but reality has proven to be more difficult. With the rise in electric vehicles and the strong government push we see companies from various sectors entering the market. From new entrants specialized in eMobility services, energy utilities that want a piece of the cake and OEMs that are now looking beyond just developing and selling electric vehicles. Hence, will the rapid development of eMobility services be the missing link to successfully launch bundled energy services?

Today we talk with Joris Laponder , CCO of Eneco eMobility, Pieter Willems , Investor and Co-Founder of PowerD, and Sila Sarac , Sr. Manager Business Strategy Utilities and eMobility about the role eMobility services will play in developing closer relationship with customers. We will be looking into questions such as: Is eMobility the missing link for bundled services to really take off? Will bundled energy offerings accelerate the energy transition? How can companies tap into the opportunity of easing their customers lives in the increasingly complex energy system?

Listen to the impact of bundled energy offerings podcast with the audio player below.

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Joris Laponder

CCO - Eneco eMobility

As CCO of Eneco eMobility, Joris is responsible to accelerate the energy transition by making charging solutions for electric cars accessible to everyone either by the infrastructure or charging cards in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Based on this, energy services will play an important role in the future. Before his role within Eneco eMobility Joris his activities were grafted onto the large corporate market of Eneco to start the movement towards sustainability.

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Pieter Willems

Founder & Managing Director - PowerD

Pieter Willems is founder and managing director of PowerD. His work is inspired by the possibilities of deploying the electric vehicle as a flexible energy storage asset to accelerate the transition to zero emission mobility. Pieter works with the corporate mobility industry to develop and deploy profitable business ventures based on renewable energy.

Visit Pieter's LinkedIn profile here

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Sila Sarac

Strategy & Consulting Senior Manager - Utilities and Lead Energy Retail & eMobility

Sila is a Senior Manager with Accenture Strategy & Consulting. She is responsible for the Energy Retail and eMobility portfolio in the Netherlands.

She is an experienced professional specialized in the power, utility, and construction sector with ample expertise in strategy, finance and organizational transformations.

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Episode 8: System Inertia

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A major technical challenge associated with the energy transition is the decreasing stability in the electricity grid. By feeding in more renewable sources the system’s inertia drops, resulting in the grid becoming less capable to respond to sudden changes. The inertia, usually provided by the large spinning generators in conventional power plants, will need to be monitored and in time be substituted by new technologies.

Are we sufficiently aware of this imminent problem? Where are we already facing problems? And how do we ensure the system’s reliability?

National Grid ESO and Reactive Technologies recognize the challenge and are jointly taking the first steps by setting up a pioneering real-time inertia monitoring mechanism on the UK’s grid. The next step is investing in and exploiting novel inertia providing services like spinning fly wheels, capacitors and batteries in order to maximize the contribution of renewables.

In this episode of our Transition Talk series, Gregorio Ogliaro, Utilities, Transmission and Distribution Global Lead at Accenture, Fintan Slye, Director of the ESO and Marc Borrett Co-Founder and CEO of Reactive Technologies discuss the challenges and developments regarding the grid system’s inertia.

Listen to our podcast: The essential role of the system inertia in a future proof renewable grid.

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Gregorio Ogliaro

Accenture Managing Director – Strategy & Consulting, Utilities, Transmission and Distribution Global Lead

With a global team of talented consultants Gregorio helps electricity, gas and water network operators to transform their business to generate new value and growth leveraging on immense opportunities arising from Energy Transition, Digitization and Sustainability. 

With over two decades of experience in this industry, Gregorio has helped some of the largest and most innovative T&D utilities with energy transition, redefining their smart grid strategies and executing large-scale business transformation.

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Marc Borrett

Co-Founder / CEO at Reactive Technologies Limited

Marc is Co-Founder and CEO of Reactive Technologies Limited. The company provides environmental engineering services, such as reactive power management, network efficiency, and demand side response services. With the pioneering real-time inertia measurements it contributes to a better integration of renewable energy technologies into the UK grid.  

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Fintan Slye

Executive Director, ESO

Fintan is the Executive Director of the ESO, Great Britain’s Electricity System Operator. Prior to that he was Chief Executive of the EirGrid Group, the electricity system and market operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. A fellow of Engineers Ireland and the Energy Institute, Fintan holds Masters’ degrees in Engineering and Business Administration along with diplomas in Legal Studies and European Law.

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Our grid flexibility insights

 

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Capturing value in managing energy flexibility

Flexibility is the grid’s ability to manage variability and volatility to balance supply and demand.

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Approaches for managing wind in transmission

With increasing amounts of wind and solar generation in transmission and distribution, the way grids deliver greener electricity safely, reliably and efficiently is set to change.

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Understanding European flexibility markets

Flexibility, the actions taken by grid users to modulate power intake based on an external signal, is an essential part of the energy transition.

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Powering distribution for the energy transition

The energy transition is accelerating, with major impacts across the utilities value chain. Distribution businesses are being propelled toward a future driven by several external factors including increased distributed generation, growing demand, the electrification of transport and heat, and more active, environmentally concerned customers.

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Lonneke Tabak

Industry Consulting Manager – Utilities, The Netherlands


Amber de Weijer

Industry Consultant Utilities the Netherlands


Henk Bijl

Managing Director - Accenture Strategy & Consulting, Smart Grid Services

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