Smart Energy Systems – A new industrial strategy for local ‘Smart Energy Systems’ is a key priority for the Government following the publication of the report.
Smart Energy Systems. The industrial strategy places clean growth among four ‘Grand Challenges’ that it aims to solve. It describes decarbonisation as one of the “greatest industrial opportunities of our time”, and highlights the government’s intention to place the UK at the forefront of it.
There are calls to remodel the national electricity grid, to enable the various kinds of renewable generation that are coming on-stream. The government also intends to embrace new technologies that enable far greater storage of electricity and the management of demand.
The move stems from the 2,000 responses that the government received to its original green paper, published earlier this year; which suggested that it takes a ‘whole systems approach’ to the energy market. The government has agreed and narrowed down the establishment of local, smart energy grids to take the strategy further.
Developments in this area are also expected to feed into the decarbonisation of heat and transport.
The strategy states:
“Smart energy systems can link energy supply, storage and use, and join up power, heating and transport to increase efficiency dramatically. By developing these world-leading systems in the UK, we can cut bills while creating high value jobs for the future.”
The government has also committed to implement its ‘Smart Systems & Flexibility Plan’ in full by 2022, to make a more flexible approach to energy, centred around the use of smart meters.
It is thought that they are still committed to completing the roll-out of smart meters by 2020, despite calls from energy companies, to relax the roll-out programme to save costs.
Further details have emerged regarding the government’s £400 million EV charging infrastructure fund. It will form part of a zero-emission road transport strategy to be published in the coming months, with a further £40 million pledged to support research and development of on-street and wireless charging technologies.
The strategy also claims that the government is to enact legislation forcing new homes to be built with all the required cabling to enable EV charge points to be installed. This is already a legal requirement in the EU, indicating the government’s willingness to carry this over post-Brexit.
Business secretary Greg Clarke said the new industrial strategy was “unashamedly ambitious”.
“The way we earn and live our lives as workers, citizens and consumers is being transformed by new technologies. The UK is well-placed to benefit from this new industrial revolution and we start from a position of significant strength. We have a thriving research and science base and are home to a wide range of innovative sectors, from advanced manufacturing and life sciences, to fintech and creative industries.” he said.