The role of the energy manager will change by 2030 and more investment is needed in training to ensure they help businesses deal with a changing market, according to a new report.

Energy consultancy Inenco said energy managers had gaps in their skills and the technology available to them.

By 2030, Inenco predicted that today’s energy manager will have evolved into the “future utilities manager” – a “senior-level, digitally savvy data scientist” who will be responsible for making key strategic business decisions.

It said one-third of energy managers had already been handed responsibility for transport too, and that figure is set to rise with the roll-out of electric vehicles.

Artificial intelligence

Jon Bauer, Chief Technology Officer at Inenco, said: “Changes in technology and evolved social behaviours mean the future utilities manger will have access to real-time data and artificial intelligence, allowing them to make strategic decisions that will optimise a business’ own demand, instantly.

“However, our research has highlighted a significant risk in terms of developing this key role; to deliver the utility manager of the future there is a need for advancements in technology and training.

“Unless businesses are effectively supported and are able to embrace best practice and innovation, meeting the UK’s energy targets could be under threat.”

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