30 Dec 2010 09:12:29
UK 'must step up smart grid development'
A senior smart grid expert has warned that the UK risks falling behind other countries if efforts in this area are not stepped up.
Speaking to BusinessGreen, Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of Silver Spring Networks, a US-based smart grid firm, warned the plan to roll out smart meters in the UK does not go far enough.
"There is a smart metering mandate in the UK, but there is not a smart grid mandate," Mr Dresselhuys said.
He added he believes if this mandate is "not sufficient in scope" the UK could end up investing in a network which is "obsolete as soon as it is built".
Emerging countries could potentially have better transmissions networks than industrial nations in the future, Mr Dresselhuys told the news provider, as they are building their infrastructure from the ground upwards.
However, amid the warning, he said the UK still has time to improve its smart grid systems.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has had £6 million at its disposal for the funding of smart grid technology demonstration projects between the years 2009/10 and 2010/11.