James Johnston

CEO & co-founder

James Johnston is the CEO and Co-founder of Piclo (formerly Open Utility), a software company with a mission to solve the energy trilemma. Piclo helps DSOs source demand-side flexibility to reduce network congestion and is running trials with UK Power Networks, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Electricity North West. Piclo is funded by BEIS and strategic investors including Ian Marchant and are winners of European Utility Week’s Startup of the Year Award and is a Bloomberg Business Innovator. Prior to Piclo, James was a researcher at University of Strathclyde, managing director of Solar Sketch and an engineer at Arup.

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