The International Community for Local Smart Grids invites organisations from across the energy sector to join in its inaugural virtual event, showcasing recent findings on network resilience.

Resulting from changing climate, electricity systems around the world are facing unprecedented challenges from natural hazards and will continue to do so, year on year. Within just the past year, numerous record-breaking storms, floods, and heatwaves have tested our network infrastructure and left many of our communities worldwide without power and vulnerable to the subsequent impacts.

Climate change necessitates action to ensure our networks are not only resilient, but are delivered through smart, low-carbon technologies. Working together with local communities, it will be the role of Distribution Network Operators to enable a smart, net zero energy system. By decarbonising our electricity system smartly, we not only tackle the cause of climate change but also provide opportunities for evolving smart operational strategies to boost resilience and combat the challenges extreme events present.

This event will provide an unprecedented opportunity for innovative Distribution Network Operators, community social enterprises and other actors within the energy sphere to come together to share insights and learnings from on-the-ground experience responding to extreme events and innovation projects. The University of Oxford will present key insights from their latest Network Resilience research and will chair a panel discussion. The event will also provide an opportunity for attendees to network with organisations across the world.