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  • Bert Lutje Berenbroek

10 Lessons From 10 Years of NET2GRID


When I started working in the energy transition domain, I thought that the climate crisis would be a challenge for my grandchildren, a far-away reality. Soon, I discovered that it’s a reality that already influences my children. Although I still believe that Earth will be a livable place during the course of my lifetime, I am worried about future generations. That was one of my main drivers when I decided to devote time and energy towards accelerating the energy transition.


In this blog piece, I want to reflect on a decade-long journey leading NET2GRID, an AI-enabled software company that empowers energy retailers to become energy transition leaders by unlocking value from smart meter data. I reflect on our successes and failures, on the challenges we faced, and the opportunities that came along. Here are 10 lessons that I learned and that I would like to share with you.


Lesson No 1: Stick to your idea and keep moving forward

When starting NET2GRID, even when everything was still unclear, I was certain of one thing: that real-time energy data is essential to fuel the energy transition. During the course of these 10 years, there have been times when things got tough to the extent that I ev