Future of our energy networks revealed

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 1:30PM

Outputs of Ofgem's £500m Low carbon networks Fund (LCNF) are being presented over the next two days (Wednesday and Thursday) as part of the first conference of its kind in Newcastle.  

The research and development projects help move the UK closer to realising our low carbon energy future through a smarter grid.   Energy Networks Association (ENA) has organised the LCNF Conference. ENA Chief Executive David Smith opened the conference:  

“The new LCNF Conference encapsulates our desire to spread the message of the networks in delivering the low carbon economy. We see this annual conference as nothing less than a forum for our future networks.”  

Mark Drye, Director of Asset Management of CE Electric UK, hosts of the conference, said:  

“Rather than a decline in the golden age of industry and engineering the UK has seen, this is about our industry’s ability to innovate. The LCNF is a truly collaborative approach to the innovation for the future that we need. It is apt that the first of these conferences is being held in the North East where engineering has such deep roots.”  

Welcoming the work of the networks so far, Anna Rossington, Head of Distribution Policy at Ofgem said:  

“The LCNF is about a journey. We all know the end goal of a low carbon future, but there are many uncertainties such as managing increased renewable connections, storage of energy and demand side management. The projects being presented today are essential to ensuring we have reliable and effective networks in the future.”  

The projects presented at the conference range from facilitating ‘smart villages’, the development of a 1MW battery and the roll out of smart fuses. It will also discuss the challenges facing the networks of a customer-led revolution in energy generation and consumption.  

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Notes to editor  

1. The conference is taking place over 2 days on 20/21 July 2011. It will bring together a wide group of stakeholders from across the energy spectrum. The event is open to anyone with an interest not only in the specific Tier 1 and 2 projects but the future role of networks generally.

2. The conference has been organised by Energy Networks Association (ENA) with support from CE Electric UK and Logica.  

3. 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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W: www.energynetworks.org