Scenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK: literature review

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622643
Title:
Scenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK: literature review
Authors:
Xenias, Demitrios; Axon, Colin; Balta-Ozkan, Nazmiye; Cipcigan, Liana; Connor, Peter; Davidson, Rosemary; Spence, Alexa; Taylor, Gary; Whitmarsh, Lorraine
Abstract:
Smart grids are expected to play a central role in any transition to a low-carbon energy future, and much research is currently underway on practically every area of smart grids. However, it is evident that even basic aspects such as theoretical and operational definitions, are yet to be agreed upon and be clearly defined. Some aspects (efficient management of supply, including intermittent supply, two-way communication between the producer and user of electricity, use of IT technology to respond to and manage demand, and ensuring safe and secure electricity distribution) are more commonly accepted than others (such as smart meters) in defining what comprises a smart grid. It is clear that smart grid developments enjoy political and financial support both at UK and EU levels, and from the majority of related industries. The reasons for this vary and include the hope that smart grids will facilitate the achievement of carbon reduction targets, create new employment opportunities, and reduce costs relevant to energy generation (fewer power stations) and distribution (fewer losses and better stability). However, smart grid development depends on additional factors, beyond the energy industry. These relate to issues of public acceptability of relevant technologies and associated risks (e.g. data safety, privacy, cyber security), pricing, competition, and regulation; implying the involvement of a wide range of players such as the industry, regulators and consumers. The above constitute a complex set of variables and actors, and interactions between them. In order to best explore ways of possible deployment of smart grids, the use of scenarios is most adequate, as they can incorporate several parameters and variables into a coherent storyline. Scenarios have been previously used in the context of smart grids, but have traditionally focused on factors such as economic growth or policy evolution. Important additional socio-technical aspects of smart grids emerge from the literature review in this report and therefore need to be incorporated in our scenarios. These can be grouped into four (interlinked) main categories: supply side aspects, demand side aspects, policy and regulation, and technical aspects. 
Citation:
(2014) 'Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK: Literature Review'. London: UKERC.
Publisher:
UKERC
Issue Date:
1-Jan-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/622643
Additional Links:
http://www.ukerc.ac.uk/publications/scenarios-for-the-development-of-smart-grids-in-the-uk-literature-review.html
Type:
Technical Report
Language:
en
Series/Report no.:
UKERC/WP/ES/2014/001
Sponsors:
UKERC
Appears in Collections:
Environmental science

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dc.contributor.authorXenias, Demitriosen
dc.contributor.authorAxon, Colinen
dc.contributor.authorBalta-Ozkan, Nazmiyeen
dc.contributor.authorCipcigan, Lianaen
dc.contributor.authorConnor, Peteren
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Rosemaryen
dc.contributor.authorSpence, Alexaen
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, Garyen
dc.contributor.authorWhitmarsh, Lorraineen
dc.date.accessioned2018-04-18T11:07:09Z-
dc.date.available2018-04-18T11:07:09Z-
dc.date.issued2014-01-01-
dc.identifier.citation(2014) 'Scenarios for the Development of Smart Grids in the UK: Literature Review'. London: UKERC.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/622643-
dc.description.abstractSmart grids are expected to play a central role in any transition to a low-carbon energy future, and much research is currently underway on practically every area of smart grids. However, it is evident that even basic aspects such as theoretical and operational definitions, are yet to be agreed upon and be clearly defined. Some aspects (efficient management of supply, including intermittent supply, two-way communication between the producer and user of electricity, use of IT technology to respond to and manage demand, and ensuring safe and secure electricity distribution) are more commonly accepted than others (such as smart meters) in defining what comprises a smart grid. It is clear that smart grid developments enjoy political and financial support both at UK and EU levels, and from the majority of related industries. The reasons for this vary and include the hope that smart grids will facilitate the achievement of carbon reduction targets, create new employment opportunities, and reduce costs relevant to energy generation (fewer power stations) and distribution (fewer losses and better stability). However, smart grid development depends on additional factors, beyond the energy industry. These relate to issues of public acceptability of relevant technologies and associated risks (e.g. data safety, privacy, cyber security), pricing, competition, and regulation; implying the involvement of a wide range of players such as the industry, regulators and consumers. The above constitute a complex set of variables and actors, and interactions between them. In order to best explore ways of possible deployment of smart grids, the use of scenarios is most adequate, as they can incorporate several parameters and variables into a coherent storyline. Scenarios have been previously used in the context of smart grids, but have traditionally focused on factors such as economic growth or policy evolution. Important additional socio-technical aspects of smart grids emerge from the literature review in this report and therefore need to be incorporated in our scenarios. These can be grouped into four (interlinked) main categories: supply side aspects, demand side aspects, policy and regulation, and technical aspects. en
dc.description.sponsorshipUKERCen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUKERCen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUKERC/WP/ES/2014/001en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ukerc.ac.uk/publications/scenarios-for-the-development-of-smart-grids-in-the-uk-literature-review.htmlen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectSmart Gridsen
dc.titleScenarios for the development of smart grids in the UK: literature reviewen
dc.typeTechnical Reporten
dc.date.updated2018-04-17T13:55:32Z-
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