Energy Networks welcome Ofgem moves to enable a smart grid

For immediate release – Friday 4 April 2014

Ofgem has today (Friday) announced plans to change industry arrangements to better facilitate the use of advanced smart meters that will enable network operators to save customers’ money. The next generation of smart meters, which will be installed when mass roll-out begins next year, will have the potential to interact with the network and provide real savings to customers’ bills.

Commenting on the announcement, ENA Chief Executive David Smith, said:

“It has long been recognised that the real benefits of smart meters come from the smart grid they enable. Network operators will be able to better maximise the use of renewable energy, manage demand and reduce the amount of extra copper in the ground needed. There is the potential for smart grids to save consumers as much as £12bn out to 2050.

“By giving customers the ability to engage with their smart meters more effectively the technology can work for them, shifting demand away from the peak times and reducing the need for network reinforcement. We will see a partnership between the customer and their network operator which will deliver savings on bills.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

ENA is the voice of the networks representing the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.

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