The UK has made significant progress to date in developing smart grid. It sets out a vision for a modernised electricity grid which uses information and communications technology to monitor and actively control generation and demand in near real-time, and where home appliances are automated and Britain is powered by a network of community run energy schemes.
Smart grids will enhance energy security and integration of low-carbon technologies, and take the UK a step further towards an affordable, low carbon energy system and reduce the overall costs for consumers.
The roll out of smart meters is a key enabler of a smart grid, providing information to help improve network management as well as facilitating demand shifting and supporting energy generation from many small distributed energy generation and renewable sources.
The Factsheet “Smart Grid – Enabling energy efficiency and low-carbon transition” provides a snapshot of the wide ranging benefits of smart grid and key development in the UK.