Networks offer glimpse of our ‘smarter’ energy future

Paul Boughton

Progress towards a smarter grid will be on show later this month as the outputs from the UK government's £500m Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) are presented. These research and development projects help to move the UK closer to realising our low carbon energy future.

The first annual LCNF Conference, organised by Energy Networks Association (ENA) and supported by CE Electric UK and Logica, will bring together experts on Smart Grid technology and look at the work being done to enable this vital role of our future energy networks. This is the inaugural conference of what will be an annual opportunity to share the work of the networks publicly and to initiate debate from representatives of the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Ofgem.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said: “This new LCNF Conference encapsulates our desire to spread the message of the importance of the networks in delivering the low carbon economy. ENA and its members are committed to developing innovative networks for the future.

“This is an exciting time and I am proud that we will be bringing together a wide spectrum of people not just from the networks sector but also from the whole energy industry. Those attending will be offered a glimpse of our energy future through fascinating projects such as „smart villages‟, the development of a 1MW battery and a smart fuse. We will also discuss the challenges facing the networks of the customer-led revolution in energy generation and consumption. These are just a few of the 23 projects being presented.

“We have been charged with establishing this Conference by DECC and Ofgem and will be holding it annually to review progress. ENA sees it as nothing less than a forum for the future of networks where all those with an interest can come together to share learning. The challenge facing us demands nothing less.”

The conference took place at a specially convened conference over two-days on 20/21 July 2011.

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