Events / REKK Workshops
Flexibility, Energy Storage and Demand Side Response16 of March, 2023 - Knowledge sharing between the United Kingdom and Hungary to enhance energy security
Location: Online, 9:00 am - 13:00 pm CET

Future energy systems will be greener and cleaner, and must remain achievable and reliable. The integration of high amounts of variable renewable electricity sources presents challenges to grid stability. The workshop focused on enhancing energy security by getting together Hungarian and UK stakeholders to discuss the achievements in flexibility, energy storage and demand side response.

During the workshop, selected UK experts presented the UK’s related energy policy, technology, and regulatory innovation. The invited Hungarian speakers familiarized the audience with the Hungarian best practices. The collaboration aims to enable to reduce the dependence on natural gas, and accelerate the decarbonisation actions, and provide valuable market and policy intelligence to inform representatives of both countries about each other’s achievements.

The aim topics of the workshop:

  • UK experiences related to flexibility, energy storage and demand side response,
  • Innovation activities related to the energy storage,
  • Sharing experiences with the regulation of energy storage and demand side response.


  • Viktor Rácz, senior research associate, REKK
  • Matt Aldridge, Head of Electricity Storage - Smart Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
  • Nina Klein, Senior Manager, Energy Flexibility, Energy Systems Management and Security, Ofgem
  • Chair: Pál Ságvári, Vice President for Strategic and International Affairs, Hungarian Energy and Public Utility Regulatory Authority (MEKH)

Panelists of session 1 - Energy storage

  • Péter Horváth, CEO, Dunamenti Erőmű
  • Charlotte Johnson, Chief of staff, KrakenFlex
  • Moderator: Viktor Rácz, senior research associate, REKK

Panelists of session 1 - Demand side response

  • Sarah Keay-Bright, Manager, Market Strategy, National Grid ESO
  • Alex Howard, Product Manager, UK Power Networks
  • David Mills, EA Technology, UK, Head of Net Zero Transition
  • Gábor Szörényi, energy expert, Hungary, former General Secretary at Energy Regulators Regional Association
  • Moderator: Zsuzsanna Pató, Senior Advisor, RAP

We summarised the main findings and recommendations on the topic in two policy briefs, one about demand side response, and another about energy storage.

The workshop was co-organised with the British Embassy in Budapest within the Energy Security Cooperation project.

On February 23, a similar format was held with the topic " The Road to Zero-Carbon Grids ".