FPSA2 – Meeting Britain’s Future Power System Challenges

The IET and project partners the Energy Systems Catapult are delighted to report the findings of the second phase of the Future Power Systems Architecture programme, including eight in-depth reports and five perspective documents.

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Future Power System Architecture – Phase 2

The IET and project partners the Energy Systems Catapult are delighted to report the findings of the second phase of the Future Power Systems Architecture programme (FPSA2), with thanks to Innovate UK for their funding support.

Britain’s power system is undergoing radical transformation driven by the triple challenges (the ‘trilemma’) of sustainability, affordability and security of supply.

The FPSA programme is taking a holistic and whole system approach to the evolution of the power system architecture – considering technical, governance, commercial and societal factors.

Building on the evidence for 35 new or significantly enhanced power system functions needed to meet new challenges by the 2030s reported in FPSA1, this second phase of the programme has:

•    Broadened stakeholder engagement including the power industry, engineering and technology companies, local government, smart energy innovators and consumer groups
•    Validated and deepened the original analysis of new functions
•    Confirmed the importance of flexibility and agility to accommodate the range of possible future outcomes in the energy sector
•    Identified numerous barriers to implementing its recommendations under today's sector mechanisms, including substantive governance, technical, regulatory and commercial issues
•    Explored entirely new ways to deliver agile, flexible and stakeholder-inclusive change governance, an aspect that will be taken further in future phases of work

The key challenge now is to build a shared vision across the emerging and highly complex stakeholder group, which will need whole industry engagement and government support. At present these stakeholders are not in dialogue and lack shared understanding and even a common lexicon.

Government and Regulatory endorsement is now timely and critical, if the sector is to be mobilised and practical next steps implemented.

On behalf of the IET and the Energy Systems Catapult we extend our thanks to all those involved in this second phase of the Future Power System Architecture programme.

FPSA2 has delivered a series of in-depth reports, all of which can be downloaded for free here: http://www.theiet.org/sectors/...


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