IET sets out to clarify the complex energy sector with new paper

18 August 2017
Share |

An Overview of Britain’s Changing Energy Sector 

‘An Overview of Britain’s Changing Energy Sector’ briefing is available now

The IET has published a new energy insight briefing that explores the key developments taking place across the sector, the factors that are enabling these changes and how the UK energy sector can be fit for purpose.


'An Overview of Britain’s Changing Energy Sector’ gives a run through of the main energy sectors, divided into three categories – electricity, combustible substances and heat carrying substances – with each section summarising their evolution over time, their key characteristics today and providing a forward outlook.


The paper outlines the new energy challenge of today, and what can be done to meet the requirements, followed by a breakdown of the eight key drivers for change, which include the implications of technical, economical, societal environmental and political developments on how we face up to this challenge. It also includes a series of Smart Energy Picture diagrams that enable readers to better understand and analyse the complex structure of the energy system.


Alison Carr, Director of Policy at the IET, said: “The energy sector is undergoing unprecedented change and the more static and centralised energy systems built in the last century are transforming into new flexible, sustainable and user-focused energy systems.


“To help navigate the complexities of the sector, the IET has worked to bring together simplified explanations and forward-looking views, offering an ‘at a glance’ summary of its main structure while also identifying the key areas of change.”


Future briefings as part of the series will offer a more in-depth look at the big questions that have become common across the sector. To find out more please visit the Factfiles section of the IET website.