My Benefits: Make a more sustainable future environment
What's the current situation?
Energy demand is growing: the EU's population has grown by around 100 million over the last 50 years and is continuing to grow. In parallel, people are using more electronic devices than ever, and soon, electric cars and buses will become commonplace.
Unfortunately our electricity systems are not yet fully equipped to deal with this new demand, especially in a system with less predictable energy production from renewable sources. If unaddressed, the security and stability of your electricity supply could be at stake!
How can 'smarter' grids and meters help?
Smart grids guarantee the stability and security of your electricity supply, helping avoid costly and disruptive outages and reduce society-wide spending on back-up measures. They do this by providing your grid operator with a better picture of people’s real patterns of energy use. This in turn allows them to better manage the flow of electricity from where there is too much to where it is actually needed.
Smart grid technology helps to give you reliable energy in two important ways:
- Water supply
- Medical equipment
- Banks and stock markets
- Air traffic control centres
- Nuclear power plants.
- Dinner is left half-cooked and the washing gets stuck halfway through the cycle
- Food in your freezer defrosts (which can also leave a big mess to clean up)!