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The (inevitable) democratisation of the electricity consumer.

01

Feb 2018

The (inevitable) democratisation of the electricity consumer.

In the not too distant future, it will be the endpoints of the electricity grid (consumers/prosumers) that manage the supply, balance the load, maintain the frequency, generate and store electricity as well as trade those services between each other. The all-powerful centralised electricity system that carries out all those duties today will still exist, but as the base system, the backbone, the fallback. Those in the electricity sector know that major disruption is occurring within it but it probably isn’t that obvious to the average ‘punter’ who pay’s his or her monthly bill and flicks the switch whenever she wants to get a service (a right!) that everyone takes for...

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Why Flick Electric is an enabler of the future grid

22

Jan 2016

Why Flick Electric is an enabler of the future grid

According to Energy News Flick Electric added the third highest number of customers to its books in December (last month). It’s still only a small total number (7,500 ICP’s) compared to the big 5 electricity retailers that command 85-90% of the market BUT it’s the sign of big things to come. I have to disclose here that I’ve recently switched to Flick – I’m a convert, an evangelist even. To convince the bill payer in my house I did an analysis of our household meter data and ‘proved’ the anticipated savings, even taking into account the vagaries of the spot market price. But the real reason I wanted to switch is...

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Downstream

09

Mar 2015

Downstream

Last week (Wed 4th/Thu 5th March) the electricity industry met for its annual conference, Downstream. I’ve been attending these conferences since they started and this one was the most enlightening of the lot. The presenters, mainly heavy hitting utility CEO’s and industry players, were quite forthcoming on their views and opinions. This was in great contrast to last year when an election was looming as well as stock market floats of some of the bigger players. It was great to see one CEO saying how much we confuse customers with complex billing structures while another said consumers weren’t interested in information, they just wanted to know how to pay and when...

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