A word of welcome from the leader of AG EnergyNet
Oleg Viktorovich Grinko
Leader (Co-Director) of the Working Group, General Director of T-Systema LLC
Having thought about the current state and the future of the energy industry and taking into account our pragmatic curiosity and practicality of our intentions, we will inevitably have to undertake the following actions: formulate our immediate and strategic goals; take a closer look at the processes of planning and repurposing the components of the energy system; reflect on and delineate the historical causes of the previous decisions made in the sphere of energy development and reorganisation. At its core, the qualitative assessment of the modern electric power industry is a process of piecing together the intersectoral picture, which includes the development of transport and industry, along with territorial and social aspects on every possible scale — national, regional, district, local, business, household. This includes the full cycle, from the appearance of the first electrical devices to the creation of a constantly in-flux, ever-changing network complex. Meanwhile, the energy system itself is its own highly organised socio-technological entity, and within its conditions all the previously created technological, organisational and business models — with their controversial baggage of deferred issues and contradictions — can co-exist without conflict.
* Sharing economy (Rachel Botsman & Roo Rogers, 2010), Impact investment (The Rockefeller Foundation, 2007), Blended value (Jed Emerson, 2005), Blockchain (Satoshi Nakamoto, 2007), Singularity (Vernor Vinge, 1993), Transdisciplinarity (Jean Piaget, 1970).
The modern age, which we call the age of transformation, has already arrived, and the breakthroughs in technology, networking and the digital sphere have already drastically changed our everyday lives, as well as our professional daily conduct. Global* concepts launched 30−50 years ago have all come to fruition; state, national, and international scientific and technological strategies have been fully formed, global intersectoral redistribution of financial resources has been implemented, and the efforts of leading global research centres have been rerouted. Consequently, we see a radical change in behaviour among the major players of the global arena. Transnational, multi-user economic models are being formulated, tested and deployed in real time, and new markets are being created for new products, new players and new relations. The rate at which these changes are occurring is several times greater than what we have observed in previous decades, magnitudes greater in some areas, and is already being measured not only over 5-year or 1-year periods, but by months. Days even. Global contention for markets and technological superiority has ascended to a new level of global competition and cooperation. To respond to this challenge, the National Technological Initiative has been proposed and is now being fulfilled, with EnergyNet being one of its key components.
And today, NTI EnergyNet is an ideology and a transformation strategy for the power system; it offers both theory and practice for building evolving energy systems, rules and norms for balancing benefits and responsibilities of traditional and new members of the energy exchange. It is also energy exchange itself and energy conversion, along with requirements and standards for energy supply and "wireless thinking", and creation of new complex solutions applicable to the global markets.