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Website will open a window on a greener energy future

Would you like to know what you can do to better manage your energy consumption? Would you like to be actively involved in shaping a sustainable low carbon future for London and Great Britain?
From press releases - 21 February 2012 09:30 AM

Would you like to know what you can do to better manage your energy consumption? Would you like to be actively involved in shaping a sustainable low carbon future for London and Great Britain?

If that’s the case then you should head for the new Low Carbon London website.

The site has been put together by UK Power Networks, in collaboration with the programme partners, to support a major project to explore and trial new ways to generate and distribute electricity and manage energy consumption.

With London committed to significantly reducing its carbon emissions, the Low Carbon London project is expected to be crucial to the capital meeting its sustainability targets.

UK Power Networks was awarded £24.9 million by regulator Ofgem for the project, supplemented by the company, to activate a £30million programme. The funding is being used to explore how new technology, operating and commercial arrangements can help electricity networks meet the demands of a low carbon economy.

The website www.lowcarbonlondon.info is one of the cornerstones of the project. It will allow Londoners to sign up for various trials, from trialling smart meters and analysing electric vehicle usage to making best use of locally-generated electricity, and to receive information and newsletters about the progress of the project.

Dave Openshaw, head of future networks for UK Power Networks, said: “The website is another important step in enabling us to reach out to our customers, and to share the outcome of pioneering research trials with the outside world. We will be using real data to understand the challenges and opportunities which face electricity network operators in the low carbon future. Our findings will be relevant to any city, like London, which is committed to a sustainable future.”

As well as recruiting individuals and organisations to take part in the various trials, the website will also act as an information portal. The aim is to share knowledge with interested parties, including industry experts, academics, Government, the media and our customers.

The knowledge generated from the project should help to shape the future of sustainable energy generation, delivery and consumption in London and the rest of the UK.

UK Power Networks is working with a wide range of partners on the Low Carbon London project including: the Greater London Authority, Mayor of London, Imperial College London, EDF Energy, EnerNOC, Flexitricity, Institute for Sustainability, Logica, National Grid, Siemens, Smarter Grid Solutions and Transport for London.

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For more 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 more than 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 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, the Mayor of London, Transport for London, National Grid, Institute for Sustainability, Flexitricity, EnerNOC, Smarter Grid Solutions and Imperial College London.