Department of Energy and Climate Change

Opower Partners with First Utility

Opower will provide its home energy management solution to First Utility customers, the first program of its kind in the UK, and the first partnership for Opower outside of the United States.

UK Utilities and Government Brainstorming Smart Meter Deployment

It was a meeting of the top energy minds when the UK’s largest utilities—British Gas, EDF, ESB, and RWE nPower—met with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to discuss the implementation of new smart meter deployment plans.

GE Smart Meters Spurred 10 Percent Energy Reduction in Oxfordshire

GE smart meters are credited for prompting North Leigh in Oxfordshire to reduce its energy consumption by 10 percent for three consecutive months. The power conservation has earned the British village a £20,000 award from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).

UK Greenhouse Gas Increase in 2010

The Department of Energy and Climate Change have released figures showing that greenhouse gases, including CO2, showed an increase of 2.8% in 2010, making the UK’s 2022 target to reduce emissions by 35% likely to represent a real challenge.

Smart Meters Big Risks

Hot off the press today comes the news that smart meters while they can bring big benefits for customers if implemented correctly can pose big risks if they are not.  This news comes from Zoe McLeod, energy expert for Consumer Focus who is to address the forthcoming Smart Metering UK & Ireland conference in London.  The country’s five largest utilities, E.ON, British Gas, EDF, ESB and RWE nPower, will be there to interact with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) about the smart meter roll-out plans.

UK, US Officials Express Smart Grid Urgency

New figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change indicate that greenhouse gases, including CO2, rose by nearly three percent in 2010, raising concerns that meeting the UK’s 2022 target of reducing emissions by 35 percent will be a serious challenge.

Smart Grid Conference Scheduled for June at Cambridge

The Smart Grids and Cleanpower 2011 Conference, organized by CIR Strategy, will take place at Cambridge University later this month. Two hundred senior executives are expected to attend over the two days of the event.

Smart Meters – Are They Really The Future?

Energy providers are now working flat out to meet tight DECC deadlines and install Smart Meters across the UK. But the key to their success will not be which type of Smart Meter boxes they install, but how they handle the mountain of data unleashed by these sophisticated devices and use this valuable information to help change customer behaviour and meet our green targets. Paul Fitzgerald, Sales & Marketing Director  from industry expert Junifer Systems explains how ‘smart’ analysis tools will be the key driver for Smart Meter success.

UK Government Policy Summarized

Engage Consulting Limited has published a summary of the British government’s proposed Smart Meter policy.  According to the brief, the British Government wants to significantly accelerate the smart meter deployment over previously published target dates, noting “suppliers will start to install smart meters that meet the minimum requirements ahead of a central data and communications entity being established.”

UK Communication Standards in Sight

Smart meter manufacturers Elster, Landis+Gyr and Secure have agreed to collaboratively develop common approaches for the development of smart communication standards. The solutions, which are necessary for the interoperability of equipment for the UK market, will be based on open standards and available specifications for Smart Meter technologies