The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has appointed David Boyer as the organisation’s new director of electricity systems.
The appointment will expand the energy network trade body’s expertise within the UK and support the growth of several projects that the organisation has deemed “critical”. This includes projects aiming to make the UK energy grid smarter and more flexible, in addition to delivering benefits for customers in the long term.
This could prove pivotal in the energy transition. Flexibility in particular is becoming increasingly critical with intermittent energy generation sources continuously being connected to the grid.
“It’s great to have David in the team. It’s a key time for the energy sector and the future of the UK’s power grid. David’s skills, experience and ideas will help us continue to support our members in creating the smart, flexible and sustainable grid that will power net zero,” said Ross Easton, interim chief executive, at Energy Networks Association.
Boyer joins ENA from IT services provider Accenture where he was a senior manager for two years and manager for three years. In this role, Boyer worked with utilities and infrastructure clients to create business for the firm.
As manager he additionally worked within the Accenture Smart Grid (ASGS) practice to create value for clients through smart technologies and intelligent grid operations.
Prior to this, Boyer worked with UK Power Networks rising from graduate engineer roles to innovation manager. In this senior role, he was responsible for the delivery of a multi-million pound portfolio of innovation projects.
These projects aimed to facilitate the low carbon transition, demonstrate new smart grid capabilities and DSO business models and finally deliver savings and add value for the business and network customers through innovation.
“I am excited to join ENA and to support the electricity networks as an industry, in particular responding to the challenges and opportunities posed by the energy transition,” Boyer said.
“There’s a range of important focus areas that are best progressed jointly as an industry that I look forward to working on, including connecting low carbon technologies, the digitalisation of network services and establishing more active and flexible networks at scale.”