Eleven trade bodies have formed a Smart Power Industries Alliance (SPIA) to lobby government to support the creation of a “smart” power system.

The group wants to see support enabling people to generate and sell their own electricity easily, supporting the efficient growth of electric vehicles, storing clean electricity, and building interconnectors between countries.

Charles Hendry, Chair of the SPIA and a former Energy Minister, said: “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.”

Members of the SPIA include the Association for Decentralised Energy, the Energy Networks Association, Energy UK, National Grid, the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and the Solar Trade Association.

Five key principles

The SPIA wants government to put five key principles into action:

● enable businesses & households to play an active role in the nation’s energy system where they choose to, and ensure that all consumers benefit from the smart transition;

● new markets for smart services must ensure that all participants – including newer innovative, flexible technologies – can compete on fair and equal terms;

● create incentives for the heat, transport and power sectors to work together to deliver decarbonisation at best value to consumers;

● provide consistent policy and regulatory direction, in line with the UK Government’s carbon objectives, to promote investor confidence;

● incentivise key sectors to invest in smart technologies and maximise the benefits for the economy through the Industrial Strategy.

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