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Dr Liz Sidebotham, of the Northern Powergrid and communications manager for CLNR project, has doubts, at this stage, whether the Powerwall is the missing piece in the jigsaw, due to its costs and the intermittency of renewable energy.
This development marks an important step for CLNR as it continues towards the commercialisation of its portfolio of Deep UCG licences in the UK to unlock the huge energy potential of the country s un-mined offshore coal resources and in the development of its Southern North Sea gas licences.
Preston Foster from Northern Powergrid, the electricity distribution network operator leading the project, said: "These latest results from the CLNR project provide a comprehensive suite of up-to-date data relating to different electricity customer profiles in the UK.
CLNR is exploring smarter alternatives that will make the most of existing assets and defer the need for costly network reinforcement.
The CLNR trials have shown that smart meters are a powerful energy efficient measure and combined with other initiatives will go some way towards reducing consumption.
The findings from all CLNR trials are being shared with DNOs across the UK to help the electricity industry prepare for the challenges presented by a low carbon future.
The knowledge and tools generated by the CLNR project will be shared with all UK DNOs to help ensure customers continue to receive a safe, secure and affordable supply of security now, and in the low carbon future.
For more information on the solar PV trials and CLNR, visit http://www.
This has been uniquely developed for the CLNR (Customer-Led Network Revolution) project and will allow us to see in real time when and where we need to release more energy as well as giving us autonomous control of all other on-going CLNR trials.
Led by Northern Powergrid and its partners British Gas, EA Technology and Durham University, the CLNR project will continue to study electricity consumption patterns, customer flexibility and trial pioneering new smart grid technology across electricity networks in the North East and Yorkshire regions throughout 2013.
Customers involved in the CLNR trials are using smart meters which allow them to monitor usage and have been offered time-of-use tariffs which have changed the way they use electrical equipment.
Members of the CLNR team from Northern Powergrid, British Gas, Durham University, EA Technology and National Energy Action presented the latest findings from the project, before delegates joined in roundtable discussions.