Time for a smart discussion on demand response

For immediate release – Thursday 26 July 2012

Energy Networks Association (ENA) and Energy UK have launched a discussion paper to kick-start discussions on Smart Demand Response (SDR) in GB.

The two organisations have been working together in this area for almost three years and this discussion paper is part of a process of engaging the industry and stakeholders.

SDR will benefit customers through the efficiencies it can deliver for networks and suppliers, in turn reducing the cost of increased infrastructure. The roll out of smart meters and the development of a smarter network will provide essential information on electricity demand to help reduce the amount of additional wires in the ground and on pylons.

ENA Head of Engineering David Whensley said:

“Overcoming the challenge of an affordable energy future requires a combined effort. For the networks, we need to find a way to reduce the amount of additional infrastructure through new technology and systems. Smart Demand Response will make a significant contribution smoothing the peaks of load more easily and make the most of renewable energy.

“Our energy future is a jigsaw puzzle at the moment. There are pieces that are known and have their place, but there are others that need to take shape and where they fit will become clear once the picture is understood. This discussion paper is about inspiring debate and ideas rather than prematurely prescribing a solution.”

ENA and Energy UK are seeking feedback to the discussion paper over the coming months. This is an ongoing process but a review of contributions will take place in December.

The report can be downloaded here.

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Notes to editors:

Feedback should be emailed to David Whensley – [email protected].

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

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