Chris Smith

Chris is an energy systems and supply advisor and project developer with fifteen years’ experience serving the public and private sectors. Experienced in delivering commercial and energy strategies, Chris has been operating in the energy systems market for the last eight years developing an integrated approach to energy generation, supply and efficiency.

Chris has specific expertise as an energy advisor to the public sector. Recent experience includes the development of local energy supply models, creating and leveraging a link between local generation and demand culminating in the delivery of the energy supply business case to Birmingham City Council. Previously, Chris ran Urban Development for General Electric in the UK and Ireland.

Chris has a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Manchester Metropolitan University and and an Executive MBA from Cass Business School in London.

Experience includes:

  • Delivered full business case for Birmingham City Council to enter the supply market – including comprehensive operating model, legal framework, finance and marketing cases and delivery model
  • Established a partnership business model for local authority energy supply – creating a link through energy supply between local energy generation and local demand
  • Built business case for local energy supply including significant discussions with many main suppliers to the energy supply market – including industry data, metering, trading and front office systems
  • In communication with a number of local authorities across the UK regarding local authority energy supply
  • Delivered a commercial strategy for the commercial and industrial rooftop solar market for a leading International solar PV supplier and EPC contractor
  • Developed a community energy strategy for the Institute for Sustainability to deliver renewable energy to communities in need
  • Brought together investment case to Kettering Borough Council for the investment in large scale solar PV
  • Advisor to Local Partnerships for the assessment of the requirements of the local authority marketplace for energy
  • Participated as a member of the ‘Low Carbon Stores Board’ for a major UK supermarket for three years.
  • Further, designed a successfully delivered energy strategy for ‘zero-carbon’ stores involving a move to tri-generation powered by green gas injected across the UK leveraging RHI policy
  • Originated and facilitated the delivery of a nine turbine wind farm in the East Midlands
  • Ran ‘Energy Parks’ initiative for GE to deliver energy generation tied to demand.
  • Further, identified the role that local authorities can play as well as the need for energy supply licensing to facilitate the link
  • Originated and delivered two 2MW CHP engines to supply the IDNO with electricity and the heat network with heat at the Kings Cross development.

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