This course is intended for those seeking a thorough understanding of how energy transitions which combine increasing electrification with greater renewable power supply can ensure flexible and reliable operation over a full range of timescales.

You will leave with a clearly explained perspective on the growing flexibility challenges facing power systems and the new business opportunities created for those able to solve them. To evaluate their likely growth trajectories, you want to understand the range of flexibility solutions that exist and are emerging, illustrated by examples taken from a global perspective. You want to assess the risks presented to both power systems and your own business, in failing to anticipate disruptive technologies such as smart demand, digitisation and ‘grid edge’ aggregation.


  • Gain a clear understanding of the impact of renewable power & new sources of electricity demand (such as EVs) on power system flexibility  
  • Review up-to-date examples of cutting-edge flexibility solutions & their deployment
  • Discuss how both supply & demand-side flexibility solutions will coexist
  • Learn how policymakers are opening up new competitive flexibility market opportunities
  • Understand & contrast the flexibility requirements of power systems over a range of timescales, from seconds to years
  • Stay up-to-date on the best practices, business models & disruptive value chain impacts that the clean energy transition is creating





Each session will last 3 hours, including Q&A time and a 15-minute comfort break. All sessions will begin at 14:00 CET. 

​Sessions will take place as follows: 


Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
Clean power, electrification and power system disruption Utility-scale and supply-side flexibility solutions Demand-side flexibility and ‘smart’ grid-edge solutions


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Session 1
14:00 - 17:00

Session 1:  Clean power, electrification and power system disruption


While the transition to renewable power alone is causing reliability concerns in some power systems, the parallel trend towards electrification of sectors such as transport puts even greater focus onto challenges of meeting and balancing electricity demand with supply.

What does ‘flexibility’ really mean? How much is required, over which timescales and where? How does a focus on flexibility connect to other changes within electricity supply chains, such as decentralisation?


Identifying the key impacts of renewable power on system flexibility and reliability

  • Fundamentals of a reliable system: balancing supply with demand over multiple timescales
  • Not all renewable power is the same: understanding ‘inflexibility’ in practice
  • Identifying power system inflexibility market signals
  • The role of renewable power regulation in apportioning reliability costs
  • Locating the problems: system-wide vs. local challenges (and new business opportunities)


Structural disruption in clean power systems

  • Electrification and its new demand challenges
  • Electrification and decentralisation
  • Utilising distributed assets through aggregation and virtual power plants (VPPs)
  • Understanding power system flexibility as a system challenge, not a ‘point-source’ one
  • Proposed pathways to ‘100% renewable’ energy systems

Meet the trainer...

Dr John Massey is Managing Director of Grey Cells Energy Ltd., where he conducts independent market assessment and opportunity/risk analysis for clean energy technologies. He delivers market briefings, oneto- one coaching and training courses worldwide, both online and in-person, along with strategy and business plan consulting to help companies (particularly SMEs) position themselves to best grasp new low-carbon market opportunities.


In addition to delivering training globally under his “Grey Cells Energy” brand, John is a co-founder of Astute New Energy, helping firms to navigate the changing power sector through business, strategy and stakeholder communication advisory work.