Consultation outcome

A smart, flexible energy system: call for evidence

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A smart, flexible energy system: question summaries and response from government and Ofgem

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Detail of outcome

We invited views and evidence on moving to a smarter and more flexible electricity system. This document summarises the responses received, and our position on each question.

Responses to this call for evidence informed our smart systems and flexibility plan:

Detail of feedback received

We received over 200 responses to this call for evidence. Full responses that are non-confidential are published on the Ofgem website.

Original consultation

Summary

We invite views on how to develop our energy system so that it is smart and flexible, and captures the benefits for consumers and businesses.

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Consultation description

As part of our commitment to building a 21st century energy infrastructure, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem are working together to ensure our energy system can respond to the latest challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities offered by new innovative technologies and services. A smart, flexible energy system offers significant benefits for consumers and the economy, helping us use energy more flexibly and increasing the efficiency of the whole energy system.

Consumers are at the heart of the development of this system, which can give them choice and control over how they use electricity, including any that they generate themselves. This call for evidence sets out our intended approach to realising such a system. We invite your views on how to develop our energy system so that it is smart and flexible, and captures benefits for consumers and businesses. Our approach is firmly rooted in enabling competition and markets to deliver on price, quality and choice, and we want flexible solutions to compete with each other and with more traditional solutions.

The responses to this document, as well as wider engagement, will help shape a plan that we expect to publish in 2017. This plan will set out the specific actions we plan to take to remove barriers, improve price signals, catalyse innovation, and shape roles and responsibilities in the shift to a smart, more flexible energy system which meets the needs of consumers and businesses now and in the future.

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A smart, flexible energy system: Call for evidence

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Smart Energy Consumer Panel Research: Summary Report

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Smart Energy Consumer Panel Research: Data

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Energy Storage Use Cases

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An analysis of electricity system flexibility for Great Britain

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Published 10 November 2016
Last updated 24 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Summary of feedback and government/Ofgem response published.
  2. First published.