The UK’s leading energy organizations, in partnership with past and present Energy Ministers, launched the new Smart Power Industries Alliance to support the delivery of a smart energy pathway.
Launched in Parliament on Monday, the Smart Power Industries Alliance (SPIA) brings together numerous energy organizations in an effort to drive a pan-industry campaign which backs a smart energy pathway for the country that aims to put consumers at the heart of UK energy policy and that also aims to create new markets for new technologies and services. Specifically, SPIA brings together the following agencies:
- Association for Decentralised Energy
- Energy Networks Association
- Energy UK
- National Grid
- Renewable Energy Association
- Scottish Renewables
- Solar Trade Association
- The Electricity Storage Network
“The size & breadth of SPIA reflects consensus across the power sector that the future of energy is smart,” said SPIA Chair Charles Hendry.
“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.”
The Alliance is calling on governments both present and future to enshrine five key principles at the heart of UK energy policy:
- Put consumers at the heart of energy policy; 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
- Facilitate the creation of new markets for smart services; new markets for smart services must ensure that all participants, including newer innovative, flexible technologies, can compete on fair and equal terms
- Take a whole-system approach to smart energy; create incentives for the heat, transport and power sectors to work together to deliver decarbonization at best value to consumers
- Accelerate the smart power transition; provide consistent policy & regulatory direction, in line with the Government’s carbon objectives, to promote investor confidence
- Make smart power central to the Industrial Strategy; incentivize key sectors to invest in smart technologies, and maximize the benefits for our economy and for UK Plc in global markets.
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