Programme - System flexibility in 2030


Topic: System flexibility in 2030
Date: Thursday 10 June
Time: 10:00 - 11:15
Location: Virtual Webinar

40GW of wind by 2030: What system challenges will this create?

  • A window to the future: What has the past 16-months and COVID lockdown taught us about the futureconditions for our future electricity system? 
  • What is the market doing to address these challenges?
  • A carbon-free grid by 2025: What needs to happen between then and now to make it happen? Who will be the new market actors? 
  • Building a system that is not just surviving, but thrivingWhere are the system flexibilityopportunities?
  • Do we need a redesign of the wholesale market to fully optimize the future electricity system
10:00 - 11:00       System flexibility in 2030



 Barnaby Wharton, Director, Future Electricity Systems, RenewableUKBarnaby Wharton photo

Barney is Director, Future Electricity Systems at RenewableUK, where he leads work on creating a smart and flexible electricity system, based on renwable generation. He is passionate about the low carbon energy transition, and previously headed up RenewableUK’s policy and regulatory team, covering energy markets, environmental and network regulation. Prior to joining the team at RenewableUK he was part of the energy and climate change team at the CBI, where he led work on energy costs, supply side policy and international climate change, representing British business at the Paris COP.


Yuting Dai, Product Implementation Manager,  National Grid ESO



Mark Hamilton, Managing Director, Solo EnergyMark Hamilton photo

Mark is MD of the Solo team within SMS PLC. Mark co-founded Solo Energy in 2015 to develop a business model based on aggregation of domestic and small-scale behind-the-meter flexibility to accelerate growth of renewable generation. Solo developed FlexiGrid, our cloud-based aggregation platform, to monitor and control distributed battery systems, EV charging and flexible electric heating as a Virtual Power Plant to enable balancing of renewable generation across the grid. In 2019, Solo was acquired by SMS PLC – a move which greatly strengthened SMS’s strategy to deliver privately financed Carbon Reduction (CaRe) assets to homes and businesses across the UK to accelerate the energy transition, where flexibility management plays a central role. Mark leads on SMS’s showcase ReFlex project in Orkney, a £28m project with funding support from Innovate UK which involves the creation of an Integrated Energy System to balance high levels of local renewable generation and deliver electricity bill savings to local consumers. Mark also leads on SMS’s recently launched Solopower product, a financed smart solar + storage offer to the UK’s social housing market.


Ricardo Da Silva, Grid & Regulation ManagerScottishPower RenewablesRicardo Da Silva photo

 Grid & Regulation Manager at ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) with relevant experience across the energy sector covering Markets, Regulation and Engineering. Ricardo has more than 10 years managing large and wide ranges of technology portfolios in different jurisdictions such as the UK and Spain. As part of his role in SPR, Ricardo is committed to transforming the business, making it more agile and flexible in preparation to a zero carbon system. Ricardo has been described as innovative and forward thinking asset within the organisation in his commitment to making wind power the “new conventional”.


Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Energy Markets Lead, UK Power Networks



Eibhlin Lee, Assistant Project Manager, Community Energy Scotland (CES)Eibhlin Lee

Eibhlin is an Assistant Project Manager at Community Energy Scotland delivering a smart local energy systems demonstrator project (ReFLEX Orkney) and is supporting communities to access and provide flexible low carbon transport. Eibhlin has a MEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London and years of experience working on innovative projects aiming to increase flexibility within electricity networks as well as developing wind farms in a constrained area.