UK needs smart grid as complement to smart meters
Tuesday 24th April 2012
announced today by Ernst & Young suggests that a UK smart grid could
pump £13 billion into the UK economy and create 10,000 new jobs. Moreover, Bill Easton, utilities director at Ernst &
Young, commented that: "In addition to the direct
economic benefits, we can also expect to see wider economic benefits to the UK,
providing a welcome boost to growth, jobs and exports."
Coming a day after Ofgem announced its first
Smart Grid Evaluation Framework, designed to encourage implementation
of smart grids by the energy suppliers, today’s report certainly makes a very
attractive case for a UK smart grid.
Although the report sounds of note of
caution over slow adoption of smart grid technologies, Robert McNamara, manager
of SmartGrid GB highlights that: "failure to deploy a smart grid will
hamper development of clean tech industries and push up domestic electric
This is a key point. Having committed
to significant investment, through the Green Deal and the smart meter roll out,
to bringing down consumer energy bills and improving domestic energy efficiency
can the Government really ignore the energy infrastructure outside of people’s
On a day when the Prime Minister has
been accused of backing
down on his environmental promises today’s report shows how the smart
grid doesn’t have to be a burden to be endured for the sake of emissions
targets, but a positive boon for the country.
With the US and China making strides in
their smart grid roll outs the UK would be churlish to ignore the benefits the
technology can bring. We must ensure that the drive for energy efficiency
doesn’t stop outside people’s houses.
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