UK Government

Department of Energy and Climate Change: UK energy system gets smart

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2009 11:49 GMT

- All homes will have smart meters from their supplier by end of 2020 
- Smart energy use will save consumers money, make electricity use more efficient and cut carbon emissions
- The case for developing smart grids in the UK is also being published.
- £6 million to develop smart technology

- All homes will have smart meters from their supplier by end of 2020
- Smart energy use will save consumers money, make electricity use more efficient and cut carbon emissions
- The case for developing smart grids in the UK is also being published.
- £6 million to develop smart technology

Smart meters will be rolled out through energy suppliers to every home by the end of 2020 under final plans published today by Energy and Climate Change Minister Lord Hunt.  A paper setting out the case for developing smart grids in the UK is also being published.

Lord Hunt said:

“A global climate deal in Copenhagen needs all countries to make the most ambitious commitments possible, but it will also require all of us to change how we lead our lives and how we generate our energy.

“Smart meters will put the power in people’s hands, enabling us all to control how much energy we use, cut emissions and cut bills.

“Smart grids will help manage the massive shift to low carbon electricity such as wind, nuclear and clean fossil fuels.

“Globally the business of developing smart grids has been estimated at £27 billion over the next 5 years and the UK has the know-how to be part of that.”

The Government’s response to the smart meter consultation sets out how smart meters will be rolled out across Britain by the end of 2020. This includes:

- Making energy suppliers responsible for installing smart meters in their customers’ homes

- Supplying a standalone display device with meters to make it easy for consumers to see and understand their energy use and carbon emissions in real time

- Centrally coordinating the communications between smart meters and the utility companies to ensure easy switching between suppliers, and to provide a platform for the development of smarter grids in the future.

“Smarter Grids: The Opportunity”, also published today, makes the case for developing smart grids in the UK. Smart grids will give operators and consumers much more information about supply and demand of electricity – enabling more effective interaction between consumer needs and fluctuating supplies.

Specifically smart grids will:

- Deliver electricity more efficiently and reliably - reducing the costs and emissions from electricity generation and transmission

- Facilitate increased generation of low carbon electricity sources such as wind

- With smart meters, give consumers more control and choice of when they use electricity allowing them to save money

DECC is also providing £6 million to companies to continue developing smart technology such as electricity storage.

Notes to editors

1. The response to the consultation: Towards a Smarter Future: Government Response to the Consultation on Electricity and Gas Smart Metering can be found here: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/smart_metering/smart_metering.aspx

2. The publication: Smarter grids: the opportunity can be found here: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/uk_supply/network/smart_grid/smart_grid.aspx

3. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is central to the UK Government’s leadership on climate change.  We are pushing hard for an ambitious global deal in Copenhagen in December to avert the most dangerous impacts.  Through our UK Low Carbon Transition Plan we are giving householders and businesses the incentives and advice they need to cut their emissions, we are enabling the energy sector’s shift to the trinity of renewables, new nuclear and clean coal, and we are stepping up the fight against fuel poverty.

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