The non-profit SSWG focuses on standardizing and accelerating the delivery of integral technological elements needed in the UK’s smart energy program. The new members will help establish a set of interoperability specifications for Smart Energy systems that promote energy efficiency and conservation.
The SSWG says the “clarity and focus brought by the Government’s response to the consultation on smart metering…creates an even stronger focus for its work which, with the publication of an open specification for smart in-home networks in February 2011, had already made huge steps towards reducing the cost and complexity of the UK’s smart program.”
The Group also believes that the UK’s supplier-led approach to smart metering and smart grid has the potential to offer far greater consumer benefits compared to traditional smart grid solutions. The SSWG’s founding members realized that these benefits could only be fulfilled if “the smart metering platform they depended on could offer a comprehensive, interoperable and cost effective foundation.”
In addition to announcing its new members, the SSWG has also confirmed that its planned work for the next 12 months is on track to deliver all of the key elements originally targeted. In doing so, it aims to give the UK’s green economy the certainty it needs to further accelerate the delivery of the Government’s plans.