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Energy business strategy

Dr Jeff Hardy has helped organisations around the world understand and plan for the implications of zero-carbon energy system transformation. He has developed a range of approaches to test the resilience of existing and explore new businesses models in uncertain futures. If your organisation would benefit from independent analysis, advice and challenge on zero-carbon business strategy, please get in touch.

Contact us to find out how we can help your organisation navigate through the energy system transformation. 

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Digitalisation opportunities & risks

Dr Jeff Hardy and Dr Aidan Rhodes were commissioned by Scottish and Southern Electricity to undertake desk-based research and facilitate stakeholder workshops to understand the opportunities and risks of electricity network digitalisation. Digitalisation brings the potential for new risks to the stability of electricity networks, the quality of consumer supply and business reputation. Our report provides an overview of major risk categories relating, based on the experiences in other sectors and expert energy stakeholders.

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Small businesses and energy

Dr Jeff Hardy together with Cornwall Insight provided an independent analysis for Smart Energy GB on the future of energy for small businesses. The report provides an overview of the current small business energy landscape, including barriers to engagement. It also explores the benefits of potential future energy supply propositions to fictitious smaller businesses. 


Smart Systems and Heat Phase 2

Dr Jeff Hardy was worked with the Energy Systems Catapult on their Smart Systems and Heat Phase 2 project. Together with Dr Christoph Mazur our work involved:

  1. Identifying archetypes of energy service provider business models through desk-based research.

  2. Using a backcasting approach to identify plausible pathways to energy market transformation.

  3. Working with energy experts to identify what is required for energy service business models to thrive.

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Utility 2050

The Utility 2050 project was a partnership of energy industry professionals, financiers and academics with a shared objective to explore what net-zero could mean for the energy sector. Dr Jeff Hardy was a member of the academic research team. The main findings were:

  1. New value of up to £21 billion per year is available to electricity utilities in the UK.

  2. Customer segments exist for innovative energy business models, but some customers could be barred.

  3. Policy and regulatory decisions are required to enable new business models to thrive.

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