Commenting on the evolution of all things smart at BEAMA’s Smart Electricity Systems Conference, Dr Howard Porter, BEAMA’s Chief Operating Officer said that for smart networks and smart grids: “This is reality – not just hype – it’s the future.”
He said BEAMA welcomes the Government’s phased approach to installing smart metering in all UK homes and SMEs, and the links to future developments for smart grids and smart housing.
“It is particularly refreshing to see the clarity of thinking presented in the ‘Smarter Grids: The Opportunity’ document. The paper provides a roadmap to 2050 with increased future interaction between the distribution network and energy users. The provision of real time data from smart meters will facilitate enhanced communication between energy providers and energy consumers. A smart grid will also improve the management of the electricity supply network, resulting in a more reliable and effective supply system with lower operating and maintenance costs.
“The breadth of technologies covered by BEAMA members will inter-relate closely to the delivery of the required future smart systems. We are well placed to support DECC and Ofgem through developing the necessary protocols, processes and procedures to ensure the effective delivery of the Government’s aspirations for smart metering, networks and housing. The industry brings to the table commercial awareness and technical expertise – we must be actively engaged in any, and all, working groups at the initial prospectus stage.”
Dr Porter stated: “Crucially to make the smart revolution happen and realise the potential smart technology opportunities open to us, the energy and electrical sectors must ensure the right pan-industry skills are in place. We must harness convergence and the rapid developments in telephony, which will have a major role in network and smart grid solutions.
“Integration across different networks is vital too and new smart technologies cannot be seen in isolation. Our underlying theme is bringing together networks, buildings and individual transport for a smarter approach to energy management.”