Smarter networks can save money and underpin energy security

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 4:30PM

A combination of smarter electricity networks and continued deployment of low carbon and renewable gas will provide a low cost solution to the UK's energy security and low carbon challenges David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association (ENA) made clear today as the Electricity Market Reform White Paper was published.  

Responding to some reports that the Government’s proposals will put up bills David said:  

“The cost of meeting low carbon targets could be reduced by developing a smarter network in tandem with the smart meter roll-out. Smarter networks are essential if the public are to be empowered to manage energy resources more efficiently and effectively.”  

Outlining the enduring role for gas in the energy mix David said:  

“Electricity is only part of the story - According to a Redpoint report commissioned by ENA with gas as a central part of the future energy mix there could be savings of up to £700bn between 2010 and 2050 – around £20,000 per household or £10,000 per person – relative to scenarios where gas is phased out of the energy mix by 2050.”  

Also published as part of the White Paper were the results of the Government review into the role of Ofgem. David said:  

“Network companies strongly support the continuation of independent regulation of the sector but it is important that high-level political decisions are made by government.”  

ENDS  

Notes to editor  

The EMR White Paper will be published on the DECC website - http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/news/  

A copy of the Redpoint report can be found at - http://energynetworks.squarespace.com/storage/ena_publications/ena_gas_future_scenarios_report.pdf   ENA represents the ‘wires and pipes’ transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland.  

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