Stewart has worked in the electricity industry since 1983 and has been involved in managing electricity networks across the UK, in a range of roles including: operations management, planning, policy, project management and asset management in the fields of IT and Power Engineering.
He is now the Head of Future Networks, within SSEN with the remit of adapting the business to deal with the challenges of de-carbonisation and introducing better ways of managing the electricity network, translating these new ideas into business as usual and managing the transition to Distribution System Operator (DSO) in a Digitised world.
Key elements of Stewart’s current role include the development and deployment of new technical and market based solutions utilising the principles of flexibility as an alternative to traditional asset based network development. He is currently involved in the creation of SSENs RIIO ED2 Submission.
Other areas of involvement include network monitoring, active network management, robotics, analytics, modelling, frequency responsive demand, embedded energy storage and activities associated with preparations for the large-scale electrification of transport and heat.
Within the Energy Networks Associations Stewart chairs the Energy Networks Associations Low Carbon Technologies Group. He is also a member of the ENA Electricity Networks Futures Group and a member of the BEIS/Ofgem-Smart Systems Forum.
As we experience more network constraints globally, pressure is on the transmission and distribution networks to ensure a smarter, more reliable grid for years to come. The smart integration of renewable energy with the grid is the key, but also the challenge of a generation.