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5,000th customer signed up to Low Carbon London smart meter trials

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An important milestone has been reached for the  Low Carbon London smart meter trial as they sign up their 5,000th customer.

The trials, which are lead by EDF Energy and back by a consortium of partners headed by UK Power Networks, are exploring the role smart meters will play in delivering a smart grid. The research is part of a £30 million program which is back by Ofgem  through it’s Low Carbon Network Fund in the first round of funding in 2010.

“Thanks to the efforts of our energy partner EDF Energy, we have achieved the significant milestone of installing 5,000 smart meters across London,” said Liam O’Sullivan, program director of Low Carbon London at UK Power Network. “Customers joining the trial can be proud to be playing a key part in a ground breaking project which will deliver important research for electricity network operators across Britain.”

The trial monitors the impact of on the electricity network in London as customers start using smart meters to manage their usage, supporting more efficient use of the network. It will monitor the impact that groups of people using smart meters has on the pattern of electricity use at specific sub stations.

Some of the people participating will be offered innovative electricity tariffs which will test if the demand is reduced or just moved to another time of day. If the peak demand can be reduced  it may delay the need for new cables, transformers and substations.

The objective is to install more than 6,500 smart meters before the end of the year.

Other elements of the 3-year Low Carbon London project include monitoring the impact on the network of PV solar panels, the extensive deployment of electric vehicle charging points and heat pumps, enhanced management of distributed generation, and wind twinning to balance the electricity system.

Other members of the project consortium include Logica, which is managing the program, National Grid, Imperial College London, Institute for Sustainability, Siemens, Enernoc, Flexitricity, Smarter Grid Solutions, Greater London Authority/London Development Agency, and Transport for London.

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