Smart grid plans to be unveiled
Published: 05 Dec 2017

Under new 'smart grid' plans expected to be unveiled this week, British households and businesses could soon be able to buy and sell their own energy directly within a local energy market. The plan will see power from solar panels or electric vehicles sold back to the network or perhaps even directly to others using block-chain technology.

This plan is part of year long small-scale trials.

Traditionally, National Grid acts as the system operator for the whole country. However, solar panels and smart home devices could mean that individual households could take on a similar role, and even be paid to do it and could result in an economic benefit as high as 40bn.

This plan could see the biggest overhaul of Britain's energy system ever which, according to the Energy Networks Association, could help networks to balance more complicated energy systems and provide a small cash boost to customers.


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