Showcasing the UK’s affordable smart grid future

For immediate release – Tuesday 12 November 2013

Experts from across the energy industry will tomorrow (Wednesday 13 November) be showcasing the latest progress towards delivering a smart grid that ensures a secure, sustainable and affordable energy future for UK customers.

The Annual Low Carbon Networks Fund Conference is organised by Energy Networks Association on behalf of Ofgem and the network operators alongside this year’s co-hosts UK Power Networks. It is taking place in Brighton at the Hilton Metropole on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November.

More than 650 delegates from across the networks, suppliers, consumer groups, SMEs and ICT companies will be sharing the innovation and developments that will deliver Government policy and enable the low carbon economy to be affordable.

David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:

“The exciting and impressive work taking place on the networks now is already delivering benefits for customers through a more reliable supply and solutions that can minimise the need for copper in the ground.

“This forum for the future shares the learning of this innovation and provides a glimpse of how we can meet the challenges of low carbon technologies, essential renewables and minimising the impact on consumers’ bills.”

Hannah Nixon, Senior Partner at Ofgem who will be speaking at the conference, said:

“Innovation is essential if consumers are to get the energy network services they deserve at a fair price. Ofgem’s LCNF is designed to drive that innovation and ensure what is innovation today is business as usual tomorrow. This conference is an important part of enabling stakeholders to share latest thinking and practice in helping to deliver a low carbon future that is affordable for consumers.”

Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive of UK Power Networks, co-hosts for the 2013 Conference, said:

“The industry has performed well since privatisation in terms of reducing the frequency and impact of power cuts and providing new electricity connections. One area we did not perform well in was research and development, but we have turned that around now.

“The LCNF projects enable us to prepare ahead of time for the changes which are coming and share in the latest breakthroughs to accelerate Britain’s progress towards smart grids.”

Projects from the Low Carbon Networks Fund have worked directly with consumers to look at time-of-use tariffs as well as improving the self-healing abilities of the network and maximising the capacity of existing infrastructure to support electric vehicles and small-scale renewables such as solar panels on homes and businesses.

The Conference will be opened by Shadow Energy Minister Tom Greatrex MP and will hear from Geoffrey Spence, Chief Executive of Infrastructure UK, senior industry representatives and include an address from Energy Minister Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP.

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Notes to editors

The Low Carbon Network Fund Conference is being held at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 November 2013. Delegates will be tweeting using #LCNF2013 and @EnergyNetworks will be tweeting content throughout.

Details of the all the innovation projects taking place on the UK energy networks can be found on the Smarter Networks Portal – www.smarternetworks.org.

Ofgem announced the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCN Fund) in August 2009 which runs from April 2010 to March 2015. The fund will make available up to £500 million over the five years, encouraging and enabling the companies to trial new technology, operating and commercial arrangements which can aid the transition to a low carbon energy sector. £64 million funding is available each year in the competitive element of the fund and a further £80 million is available over the five years to help fund smaller scale projects. A further £100 million is available over the five years as a discretionary award to reward projects which bring particular value in helping the networks adapt to climate change while providing security of supply and value for money to consumers.

Energy Networks Association (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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Tim Field MCIPR,
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Energy Networks Association
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