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Councillors glimpse a vision of cleaner, greener, local energy of the future

Local councillors from across London, the South East and East of England are today (11 January) taking the opportunity to discuss the energy systems of tomorrow at UK Power Networks’ inaugural Local Government Forum.

From Press releases - 11 January 2018 12:00 AM

The power firm, which delivers electricity to a quarter of the UK’s population wants to help local councils think about new ways of powering communities, including community energy generation and storage, and smart flexible local distribution networks.

The event at Methodist Central Hall, London, builds on the company’s ‘Future Smart’ consultation which sought views on how it would transform its network to enable two-way power flows connecting the rising number of local energy generators, and enabling future technologies such as electric vehicles and battery storage.

Amelia Heatley, UK Power Networks stakeholder engagement manager, said: “How electricity is generated, distributed and used is rapidly changing, and it’s crucial that we understand how councils across our three regions are responding to that change, so we can best support them and the communities they serve.

“This event will be a fantastic opportunity for councillors to find out more about what we are doing to develop a smart flexible grid that will continue to provide a safe reliable service, and help local communities connect and distribute locally generated electricity.”

Since 2010 UK Power Networks has connected 8.8GW of locally generated electricity, of which 4.5GW has been from renewable sources.  

Expert staff from UK Power Networks’ senior managers will be on hand to talk to councillors and answer any questions. The network operator has invited representatives from over 130 councils to attend the forum.