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Modernising the UK Energy Network

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This forum will bring together representatives from across the UK's energy sector to discuss the progress made by Government and Industry on the recommendations made in the Smart Power Report, published by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in March and following the Government’s response to the report in April in which a minimum £50 million of funding was promised for smart technology over the next five years and as the Government is expected to launch a Smart Power Consultation.

With the NIC recommending at least 9GW of additional interconnection capacity this event will examine the government’s options to pursue new interconnectors with European countries, what can be learnt from existing projects and the impact (if any) the UK’s vote to leave the European Union may have on these opportunities. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss the legal and regulatory reforms the Energy Storage sector requires in order to play a greater role in the electricity system ahead of formal proposals for reform expected in Spring 2017.

Sessions will provide an opportunity to consider the emerging options for Demand-Side Response (DSR) measures to be utilised across the electricity network both commercially and domestically. Attendees will assess how to engage households with the benefits of smart energy and the role smart meters, energy providers and community energy companies could play in this. Options for industrial and commercial consumers to shift demand to off-peak periods and the opportunities for network owners to utilise Smart Grid technologies such as voltage control systems to help better manage networks will also be examined.

Discussion will also focus on the future for more locally managed networks following the Energy & Climate Change Committee’s report which recommend overhauling the current energy network operation and giving greater responsibility to Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) as Distribution System Operators. The morning will also consider how to improve the ability of small providers of green energy to be integrated into the electricity grid.
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