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Matt Hastings

Matt Hastings has been developing and delivering disruptive change programmes across energy and utilities for the last 15 years.
He’s currently working at Innovate UK as Energy Systems Innovation Lead working on the Government's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. He is focused on delivering the Modernising Energy Data Access competition and working with investors to solve energy systems investment challenges.
Prior to Innovate Matt spent 5 years at Centrica where he was the Business Visionary and Programme Director of the multi award winning Cornwall Local Energy Market, a £19m trial of the world's first Local Energy Market (winner of Smart Grid of the Year at the REA Awards, Innovation of the Year in the Business Green awards and the Smart System of the Year award at the Solar and Storage awards).
Prior to Centrica Matt led on energy at the Eden Project reducing emissions and costs by 25%, setting up the UK’s first staff owned PV installation (Solarfair) and the first collective switching project in the UK, Cornwall/UK Together.
In his early career he set up several start ups and worked in the Video Games industry. He studied Renewable Energy in 2005 and was ESTA Energy Manager of the Year 2012.

The new holy grail of energy

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Data is the single biggest enabler of a decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy future. It’s the tool that will bridge the gap between where we are now vs. where we need to be to achieve net zero. It is how we can redesign the entire energy market from where it is now, to where it should be.