Antonello Monti

Open scenario
Energy use
CO2 emissions
Energy imports
Costs (bln)
1.8 x NL

It’s not as easy as we thought.

Getting people interested and earning their trust is the main challenge when it comes to energy consciousness. What we thought was easy (the distribution of energy) now turns out to be the core of the issue surrounding system integration. The focus needs to be on the prevention of climate change and the reduction of pollution. We need to know how everything is connected to make the right choices.

What do you see as the main challenge for the EU and/or the Netherlands specific with regards to Energy Consciousness?

In Europe we are used to having easy access to energy, so the topic is not really in the top list of interests of people. All in all energy is still quite cheap and therefore not a major issue. So it is difficult to get the attention of the common people for the challenges ahead of us. Furthermore, while on one side scientists are showing even more scary predictions concerning climate change, the results of the international meeting are less and less encouraging. This is also creating a sense of mistrust in the population.

What is the most important issue with regards to System Integration for the EU and/or the Netherlands and what should be done about it?

Looking at the electrical energy sector, the development of the distributed energy sources is basically turning the system upside down. The distribution part, which used to be “easy” to manage, is now becoming the core of the operation. This aspect has dramatic implication from the point of view of investments. It is not all about adding ICT to the grid: it is about instrumenting and automatizing a system, which did not need any of those.

If you could spend 100 billion euro in the EU next year, how would you spend them?

It is honestly hard to pick. In any case, if I can least pick two I would say prevention of climate change and reduction of air pollution. If we keep these two in mind we will achieve the other points as well.

What role can the Energy Transition Model play with regards to Energy Consciousness and System Integration?

I think it is educational to see the effects of different factors and the ETM can help better understand how things are connected to each other. My main lesson learned is that achieving the goals is harder than what I thought before and its good to realize that.