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Barking smart meter trial launched

Smart meters will be offered to homes and businesses across Barking’s Low Carbon Zone as the Low Carbon London smart meter trials get underway.
From press releases - 16 November 2011 09:00 AM

Smart meters will be offered to homes and businesses across Barking’s Low Carbon Zone as the Low Carbon London smart meter trials get underway.

Smart meters mean electricity consumers can instantly see how much electricity they are using , from boiling a kettle , to turning on a microwave or washing machine. They will not only bring an end to estimated bills from energy suppliers , but also show consumers how much electricity they are using to help keep costs down.

The smart meter trials, being led by EDF Energy, are part of Low Carbon London, a consortium of partners led by UK Power Networks funded by £24.9million from Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund, plus £4.6million from the electricity network operator.

EDF Energy customers in around 54 streets across Barking will be offered the first wave of smart meters from today in a pilot project extending to EDF Energy customers in the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Zones and Green Enterprise District. All together 5,000 smart meters will be installed across London by next summer, but Barking is one of the first areas to benefit.

Selected residents across Barking will be given a first come, first served chance to have a smart meter fitted in their home or business. A few of the roads where EDF Energy customers will have a chance to get involved include: Axe Street, Cowbridge Lane, Greenslade Road, Loxford Road, Movers Lane, Somerby Road and Victoria Road.

EDF Energy is the lead partner in the Low Carbon London programme smart meter trial. Other partners in the trial include the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and the Mayor of London’s office.

David Openshaw, Head of Future Networks at UK Power Networks, said: “Customers joining the smart meter trials will be able to access a wide range of new information that will enable them to manage their electricity usage more efficiently. Using a convenient display panel inside their home they will be able to see how much electricity they are using at any particular moment, how much they have used over a given period of time, and how much it is costing them. At the same time, we will be monitoring our local electricity substations to see what happens to the electricity flows on our network when customers have this information. We are preparing now for the time when every home in Britain will have a smart meter. The people of Barking will be playing a vital role in helping us understand how usage of electricity might change with the advent of smart meters: enabling us in turn to manage our networks more efficiently while contributing to the decarbonising of London’s electricity system.”

Niels Roberts, EDF Energy smart metering programme director, said: “The roll-out of smart metering will help customers to understand their energy use, enable them to be more energy efficient and provide them with accurate bills. We are delighted to be working with UK Power Networks in inviting local residents to take part in this trial.”

It will be 2020 before everyone in Britain will have their own smart meter, to help them make more informed choices about how and when they use electricity, so Barking residents will be at the forefront of the new technology.

As the owner and operator of the electricity network across London and a quarter of Britain,UK Power Networks is working with partners on the Low Carbon London smart meter trial to understand the impact they will have on its electricity network. During the next year 5,000 smart meters will be installed in the Mayor’s Low Carbon Zones as part of the Low Carbon London smart meter trial. After a few months those on the trial will have a further opportunity to take advantage of new money-saving energy tariffs aimed at reducing carbon inLondon’s electricity system. All the results from the trials will be shared with the participants.

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For further information please contact Niamh Arnett in the UK Power Networks press office on 0845 302 7292.

Notes to Editors

 

UK Power Networks 
UK Power Networks provides power to a quarter of the UK’s population through its electricity distribution networks. We’re responsible for delivering a safe, secure and sustainable power supply to eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England. The company, backed by strong ownership, aims to strengthen links with the local communities we serve, building on the skills base of the 5,500 people who work for us across the network including our major bases in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, Potters Bar, London, Crawley and Maidstone.

Led by UK Power Networks, Low Carbon London is a £30million pioneering learning programme funded by Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund and the electricity network operator. Its aim is to use London as a test bed to develop a smarter electricity network that can manage the demands of a low carbon economy and deliver reliable, sustainable low carbon electricity to businesses, residents and communities. The programme will explore how to combine new technology and commercial innovation – such as loc alised generation, electric vehicles, heat pumps, smart meters, time of use tariffs and responsive demand services – to support a low carbon energy economy. UK Power Networks’ partners on the Low Carbon London programme are Siemens, Logica, EDF Energy, Greater London Authority, Transport for London, National Grid, Institute for Sustainability, Flexitricity, EnerNOC, Smarter Grid Solutions and Imperial College London.

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-sixth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to more than 5.5 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.
EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework. These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Sustainability Commitments, EDF Energy has launched one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company and the company has since been awarded the highest ranking of Platinum Plus in Business in the Community’s 2011 Corporate Responsibility Index, the UK’s leading voluntary benchmark of corporate responsibility.

EDF is the official energy utilities partner and sustainability partner of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The company is also helping its customers and others use energy more sustainably through products and initiatives such as Team Green Britain, smart meters and electric vehicle research.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.