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The New Power Interview: Phil Taylor, Professor of Electrical Power Systems, Newcastle University

The future shape of the energy industry is under intense debate as it evolves from a central, fossil-led system to one led by local renewables. That may require direction from the top in the form of a ‘system architect’ and it will certainly see local grids transformed, as Janet Wood heard

The idea of a ‘system architect’ is a new one for the energy industry, first put forward in a paper from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2014. The proposal, that we need a central body to direct development of the energy system and try to ensure it happens in the most efficient way, has gained supporters. Phil Taylor is one of them, and when I met him at Newcastle University, I asked for more understanding of how the system architect might work.

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