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Smart Grids

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what research he has commissioned into the evolution of smart grids to enhance the existing national grid. (80017)

The joint DTI/Ofgem/industry ‘distributed generation co-ordinating group’ (DGCG) commissioned a key study on this topic that was led by the Institution of Electrical Engineers to work with all parties in the sector to form a vision for future networks. This work reported last year—the “Technical Architecture” report is available at:

http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/temp/ofgem/cache/cmsattach/11732_ TA.pdf

The group’s work continues under the re-formed Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG).

Separately, Ofgem and British academics, supported by DTI and British companies, have been active participants in the European Union’s Technology platform that has developed a vision for Europe’s Electricity Networks of the Future. Their ‘SmartGrids’ report was published recently and is available at:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/research/energy/pdf/smartgrids_en.pdf