5 Questions with Chris Welby, Head of Regulation, Bristol Energy

By: Steve Jones

14, February, 2019


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Could you define what your job role details and your day to day routine?

My role is to look after Bristol Energy’s compliance with industry regulations and work within industry to change regulations so that innovative products can be presented to customers.  This means on a day-to day basis I am in the office helping colleagues apply regulations in a way the meets their desired outcome, or I am out and about in basement style meeting rooms trying to develop the market of the future that supports diversity of products and options for consumers above and beyond paying for kWhs.

How is your organisation applying IoT?

We are working with a number of organisations to trial new products for consumers in particular working with our shareholder Bristol City Council to deliver a smart city, where there are no cold homes, and to be zero carbon by 2030.

What were the biggest challenges in using this technology?

As a smaller energy company, resources are always a squeeze and thus we are more about bringing our expertise to the table rather than money.  We also need to be conscious of not replicating something somebody else has already tried.  Finding out about such things can be hard.

What can we expect from Bristol Energy in the next 12 months?

We are running a project to see how customer respond to buying heat as a service rather than paying for KWhs of gas.  We will use data to work out how to provide warm hours and manage the weather differential which will mean customers don’t have to worry about using more gas in a cold spell.

What can we expect from IoT in the next 12 months?

We can expect IoT to focus more on personalisation, simplifying or eliminating decision making by people and leaving it to AI to anticipate our needs

What are you most looking forward to at the show?

Learning some new acronyms and looking to see if other people are working on things that would be of interest to us.

Hear from Chris at the IoT Tech Expo Global conference in London

You can hear Chris speak at the IoT Tech Expo Global on the 26 April. He will be speaking within the ‘Smart Transport & Cities‘ conference track on the following session:

Friday 26 April, 14:30-15:10: Panel: The Future of Smart City Infrastructure

Register for an Ultimate or Gold pass to attend these sessions.