Digital infrastructureSmart CitiesNew guide helps local authorities with emerging energy technologies

New guide helps local authorities with emerging energy technologies

UK Power Networks has published a guide that aims to help local authorities make the most of opportunities surrounding new energy-based technologies.

The organisation, which owns and maintains the overhead lines, underground cables and substations across the East of England, London and the South East, is keen to push forward the development of a smart flexible, local, electricity grid that enables new technologies like electric vehicles and supports the shift to renewable generation.

The company has provided tips and information to support local authorities to embrace new technologies, like electric vehicles, that support the transition to a low carbon economy, and understand how local energy groups can play a role in ‘Future Energy’.

Lynne McDonald, smart grid manager for UK Power Networks, said: “UK Power Networks wants to help local authorities embrace a low carbon future and plan to meet rising demand in what is an energy revolution. The way energy is generated, distributed and used is rapidly changing and we want to help local authorities make the most of the opportunities this creates.

“We are doing everything possible to explain to local authorities how they can potentially generate income and save money by adopting new technologies to make the most of local energy in their communities.”

The guide has been published as local leaders are coming under increasing pressure to ensure their communities transition to a clean, climate-friendly energy system that creates benefits for their residents and businesses. More and more local leaders have ambitions to see solar and wind generation power their communities, in a way that saves money and generates income for their local authority, the community and local businesses.

Electricity generation, battery storage, the arrival of electric vehicles and savvier and smarter ways to heat and power our homes and workplaces will transform our country over the next few years and local leaders will be crucial to making sure this happens in a way that benefits the people they represent.

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