Over the coming decades, digital technologies are set to make energy systems around
the world more connected, intelligent, efficient, reliable and sustainable. Stunning
advances in data, analytics and connectivity are enabling a range of new digital
applications such as smart appliances, shared mobility, and 3D printing. Digitalized
energy systems in the future may be able to identify who needs energy and deliver it at
the right time, in the right place and at the lowest cost. But getting everything right will
not be easy.
Digitalization is already improving the safety, productivity, accessibility and
sustainability of energy systems. But digitalization is also raising new security and
privacy risks. It is also changing markets, businesses and employment. New business
models are emerging, while some century-old models may be on their way out.