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25 Feb 2010 09:02:06

Smart grid held back by govt inaction, says committee

Smart grid held back by govt inaction, says committee
The government is not pushing hard enough for the nationwide roll out of smart-grid, according to a new report.

According to the Energy and Climate Change committee, smart grids are key to securing energy supplies for the future and fully capitalising on recent developments in the wind power industry.

Its recommendations included prioritising renewables in the electricity sector so they can 'decarbonise' the energy system and further sharing of network access between renewable and conventional generators.

Highlighting the current uncertainty around energy supplies, the report said: "The only cost-effective response is for demand itself to be more flexible and play a more active role in the management of our energy system."

One of its key concerns was that smaller renewables suppliers were disadvantaged by current rules on grid upgrades.

However, the committee also criticised the government's current focus on new investments, while it was failing to address deficiencies in the existing transmission system.

Ofgem, the energy regulator, needed to be more 'pro-active' in its funding of projects to advance the smart grid, claims the report.



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