This document sets out the wide ranging benefits that smart grids will bring, for example: minimising consumer bills; allowing consumers to play a more active role in managing the energy system; increasing energy security; helping to facilitate the integration of low carbon technologies; and supporting economic growth.
Great Britain is already recognised as a European leader with respect to the investment in smart grid research and demonstration projects and has begun the nationwide rollout of smart meters, which will help improve network management and facilitate demand response. The Smart Grid Vision and Routemap outlines what action is now needed to build on this initial success to ensure the benefits are realised as soon as possible.
The Smart Grid Forum was created by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the industry regulator, Ofgem. The Forum brings together representatives from electricity network companies, consumer groups, energy suppliers and wider industry to consider the full range of technical, commercial and regulatory issues associated with developing smart grids in order to support the Great Britain’s transition to a secure, safe, low carbon, affordable energy system.