Smart city researchers eye recruits for trials

London’s electricity distributor, UK Power Networks, is enlisting recruits for the Low Carbon London trials at the Energy Solutions exhibition at Olympia.
From press releases - 10 October 2012 09:00 AM

London’s electricity distributor, UK Power Networks, is enlisting recruits for the Low Carbon London trials at the Energy Solutions exhibition at Olympia.

Building managers, customers with solar panels or heat pumps, electric vehicle drivers or commercial and industrial customers with scope to flex their demand may all be eligible to join the trials. Rewards are available for some customers participating in the trials.

The Low Carbon London team wants to hear from prospective trial participants at their stand (H50) in the Kensington exhibition centre today and tomorrow (October 10 and 11). The research is largely funded by customers, for customers, through Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund.

Liam O’Sullivan, Low Carbon London programme director, said: “We are inviting Londoners to join our exciting demonstration trials to help shape the future of our electricity networks for decades to come. There are plenty of companies and residents who are eligible to join our trials and potentially they could be rewarded for doing so. It’s those groups we’re reaching out to at the exhibition.”

The potential rewards include payments for responsive demand, free electric car charging posts at home or at work and smart meters to monitor solar panels, heat pumps or electric cars.

The team has prepared a simple tick list to help exhibition visitors know if they can take part. Anyone who answers ‘yes’ to one or more of the following questions could get involved.
• Are you in charge of buildings and want to save money and make them more efficient? 
• Have you got back-up generation at your workplace?
• Are you using combined cooling and heating power equipment?
• Are you a commercial or industrial customer capable of flexing demand?
• Are you driving around in an electric vehicle?
• Are you running a fleet of electric vehicles?
• Do you have solar panels on your roof?
• Are you keeping warm at home or at work with a heat pump?

The trials are under way and continue through to 2014 so there is plenty of time to get involved. To find out more about joining a trial visit Low Carbon London’s stand (H50), ring 0800 859 5378, write to the team at or

There are speaker sessions throughout the exhibition. Liam O’Sullivan will be talking around the subject ‘Low Carbon London: Preparing to Power a Low Carbon City’ at noon on October 11 in the Energy Academy and joining the big discussion at 12.30pm: Achieving Carbon Neutral - the role for energy. He will be speaking about preparing London's electricity network to deliver sustainable, green electricity to businesses and communities in a low carbon future. There will be updates on current trials, new technologies and new approaches to smarter energy. He will also give initial views on how electricity networks will need to adapt to the low carbon future. His talk will review the opportunities that flexible demand and generation can provide, plus the benefits available to customers willing to incorporate flexibility in their energy systems.

Energy Solutions 2012 is an energy management event, showcasing the latest products and innovations:


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

Notes to editors:

1. UK Power Networks distributes power to a quarter of Britain’s population through its electricity networks serving London, the South East and the East of England. The company's 5,000 employees are dedicated to delivering a safe, secure electricity supply to about eight million homes and businesses via its networks of substations, overhead lines and underground cables. 
UK Power Networks distributed the electricity at many venues for this summer’s international sporting events. This year we are investing £360million in our electricity networks and around £1.8billion in the five years to 2015. We are also undertaking trials to ensure our electricity networks support the transition to a low carbon future.
Customers pay their bills to supply companies but UK Power Networks delivers the power across our three areas. The industry regulator Ofgem sets an allowed revenue to distribution companies so that they can maintain safe and reliable electricity supplies. If customers are unfortunate enough to be affected by a power cut or have another issue with the electricity supply to their property, they should contact UK Power Networks.

2. Low Carbon London, led by UK Power Networks, is a £30million pioneering learning programme funded by customers through 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 localised 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. More information on Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund is available here: