We recently spoke to Mats Nilsson, Economist at Vattenfall about the challenges of transitioning to a more intelligent and efficient energy system.

Here are his thoughts on capacity and new usage patterns, seen as prerequisites for smart energy rollouts:

"Capacity in transmission and distribution needs to match the changes in demand and supply. These changes relate to size of consumption, but also to new patterns of energy production and usage. Consumer involvement will be a major marker of change and with greater access to hourly measurements and differentiated pricing; they should change their behaviour to better match price profiles. This will particularly present opportunities for large customers, but also many private households with smart meters could engage in various energy efficiency programmes."
 
Click here to read the full Q&A session with Mats Nilsson, with additional comments by his Vattenfall colleague, Johan Söderbom, Head of Department, Distribution and Sales R&D.
 
If you’d like to meet Mats Nilsson and Johan Söderbom in person, join their presentations at Smart Utilities Scandinavia in Stockholm on April 17-18.

250+ energy professionals will gather in Stockholm such as representatives from local and regional energy companies and their European counterparts, together with energy bodies and associations, technology companies, independent experts and media.