UK energy groups, members of parliament, and ministers have formed an alliance to support a smart energy pathway for the country.
Called Smart Power Industries Alliance (SPIA), the new initiative intends to help create new markets for innovative technologies and services.
SPIA members currently include Association for Decentralised Energy, BEAMA, Energy Networks Association, Energy UK, National Grid, Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, SmarterUK, Solar Trade Association, and The Electricity Storage Network.
SPIA chair Charles Hendry said: “This is a long-term change programme, so we will be working together to ensure smart power has cross-party support and that it remains at the top of the energy agenda.
“We want to explain the huge environmental, social, and economic benefits to the public, and to help ensure these benefits are accessible to all in the new era of smart energy.
“Many people are already generating their own power and engaging with smart applications, but smart power has the potential to transform all our lives for the better, in ways that are creating real excitement today.”
SPIA also aims to adopt a whole-system approach to smart energy and create incentives for the heat, transport, and power sectors to ensure decarbonisation at the best value to consumers.
It seeks to provide consistent policy and regulatory direction in accordance with the UK Government’s carbon objectives while speeding up the smart power transition.
SPIA has already started working on projects that are designed to help deliver a smarter power where the people will be able to generate and sell their own electricity easily.