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Smart Grid Technology Could Power a Low Carbon Future for UK” says local MP after visiting GE’s European Smart Grid HQ in Bracknell


20 Sep 2010



Bracknell MP, Dr. Phillip Lee Calls for “Cleaner, Smarter, more Efficient Energy” -Adding his voice to support for the Thames Valley low carbon project.

BRACKNELL, U.K.—20th September— Speaking at GE Energy’s European Smart Grid Technology Centre located in Bracknell, Dr Phillip Lee, newly-elected Conservative MP for Bracknell, endorsed local power provider Scottish and Southern Energy’s Low Carbon Network Fund project  – Thames Valley Vision.    The proposal, if approved by regulators, will demonstrate the possibilities of a cleaner, smarter, more efficient energy infrastructure and the benefits of smart grid technology and low carbon living for people in Bracknell and across the Thames Valley.

“The UK energy regulator, OFGEM, established the Low Carbon Network Fund to encourage power utilities to respond to the challenges of a low carbon future,” explained Dr Lee. “Smart grid technology can help us generate, transmit, distribute and use energy more efficiently.  The Thames Valley initiative represents an exciting opportunity for local businesses and constituents to get involved in transforming Bracknell into a “Low Carbon” model for the UK.” 

“Dr Lee’s support for the Thames Valley Vision and the technology demonstrated at GE’s Bracknell facility, is an important moment in promoting a cleaner, smarter, more efficient energy future across the UK”. said Magued El Daief, Managing Director, GE Energy in the UK.

“Leveraging our European Smart Grid HQ here in Bracknell, we believe the United Kingdom has a very real opportunity to lead the world in cleaner energy,” said El Daief. “The lessons learned from deploying this project will benefit the entire U.K. energy sector.”

Today, electricity generation accounts for an estimated 40% of greenhouse gas emissions. GE smart grid technologies increase energy efficiencies, and optimize clean, domestic energy resources – such as wind and solar – to reduce the environmental impact.  If selected by OFGEM, The Thames Valley Vision project will showcase the latest technologies from GE, supporting the UK’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% by 2020 and help meet the European Union’s goal of decreasing CO2 emissions by 20 percent before 2020.

OFGEM is expected to announce which projects will receive support before the end of the year. Should Scottish and Southern Energy’s Thames Valley project be approved for Low Carbon Network Fund Tier 2 support, work will begin in early 2011.

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