Networks welcome government plans for national smart meter rollout

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 3:31PM

DECC has today published its response to the Smart Metering Implementation Prospectus (SMIP).  

ENA welcomes their conclusions and proposals as part of the SMIP, which included the recommendations made by the energy network companies.  

David Smith, Chief Executive of ENA said:  

“ENA welcomes the government’s response and is pleased to see guidance for the energy industry that will help to drive forward the implementation of smart meters. Effective development of an integrated, ‘smarter’ energy network is a critical part of our low carbon future. The networks have a vital role to play in delivering a secure, sustainable and affordable energy for the UK and we are pleased the Energy Minister, Charles Hendry, recognises the intrinsic link between smart meters and smart grids.  

“The data from smart meters will be essential to support the development of smart grids. Through better informed consumers and improved monitoring or network performance achieved, our members will be able to manage the demand and supply of energy in a more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable way.  

“A report commissioned by ENA and published by KEMA earlier this month suggested a radical change in the relationship between the energy network companies and the public that will see consumers empowered to make the right decisions about their usage.”  

ENDS  

Notes to editor  

The report and press release from DECC can be found on their website - http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn11_032/pn11_032.aspx  

The two reports produced by KEMA looking at ‘The Opportunities for Demand Response’ and ‘Strategic Issues and Action Planning’ are available to download from the links here or from the ENA website - http://2010.energynetworks.org/reports  

Comments from the Shadow Energy Minister on the reports are available from our press release on 15th March 2011 - http://2010.energynetworks.org/media-releases/  

ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.  

For further information please contact:  
Tim Field, Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
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