5th Oxford Energy Conference report
The annual Oxford Energy Conference took place at the Mathematics Institute on 13 June. This year the conference focussed on Energy Systems including electricity, transport and heat.
Discussions on energy tend to focus on electricity and transport. Heat is often neglected, although globally as much primary energy is used to provide heat as electricity. Decarbonising heat alongside the likely electrification of transport will have a major impact on electricity demand. Meanwhile, electrity supply, distribution and markets will have to accommodate increasingly diversified sources (many intermittent) and changing demands. Better understanding of the whole system (customer engagement, demand, heat, transport, electricity supply and distribution) is required and was discussed at the conference.