01 Jul 2011 10:07:04
Smart grid security must be addressed, report claims
A new report has warned the government and private sector must adopt a more "coherent" approach to ensuring the security of smart grids.
Although the report, compiled by the Energy Networks Association, said "rigorous" plans were in place for the development of the transition networks, it said a more joined up approach to security must be taken.
Energy Networks Association chief executive David Smith said it is important that cyber security is not seen as a side project to the creation of the smart grid, but rather "reflects the risks posed to critical infrastructure we depend upon so much".
He added any security exercise should be a joint effort between the government and distribution network operators, to ensure a "coherent" approach is taken.
Energy minister Charles Hendry said the coalition will consider the recommendations laid out in the report, adding: "The government will shortly publish a high level strategy for the development of the smart grid as part of the forthcoming white paper on electricity market reform."
The creation of a smart grid and the roll out of smart meters were two of the energy policies laid out in the coalition's programme for government.