SmartGrid Great Britain (SmartGrid GB) is dedicated to bringing together the smart grid community to act as a national champion for the accelerated development and deployment of smart grid in Great Britain.
Implementing smart grid will present a series of challenges requiring effective coordination between many different stakeholders.
SmartGrid GB has been set up to provide an open forum for a wide range of concerned organisations to come together, share ideas and information and develop thinking on how smart grid can be achieved.
Areas of Focus
In its first year, Smart Grid GB will do three things:
- A smart case for smart grid
SmartGrid GB will set out the case for why smart grid matters aimed at capturing the attention of those outside the energy industry so that the importance of smart grid is understood and acted upon. This case for smart grid will build on and consolidate existing thought leadership and will promote the benefits of smart grid to the broader stakeholder community in terms of its social, economic, and environmental benefits.
- A smart way forward
SmartGrid GB will outline what needs to be done to make smart grid a reality. It will set out the challenges to the implementation of smart grid and outline what needs to be done in the UK to make it a reality. This work will draw upon existing thinking, and identify barriers that need to be overcome and gaps that need to be filled SmartGrid GB will publish its findings in a series of reports. The conclusions of this work will be set out in a report to government and other stakeholders with recommendations on the way forward for the accelerated development and deployment of smart grid in Britain.
- A smart hub
SmartGrid GB will provide a central resource and promotional hub for smart grid activities in Britain. It will build connections between organisations and activities across the smart grid ecosystem in Britain It will help to share and disseminate information relevant to the discussion about smart grid drawing on expertise from around the world It will carry out promotional activities in support of a cost effective smart grid in Britain This will build on and consolidate existing thought leadership and will promote the benefits of smart grid to the broader stakeholder community in terms of its social, economic, and environmental benefits.
SmartGrid Great Britain was launched on 23 June by the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Charles Hendry MP, at the Royal Academy of Engineering, London.
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