Smart Grids (SGs) offer clear potential to contribute to a number of UK policy goals including the transition to a low-carbon economy, energy security and affordability. SGs could do this by transforming the ways we produce, deliver and consume energy. SGs could even change our conception of these services. As yet, there is little in-depth research into what factors might influence this potential, how such a grid can develop from today to 2050 and who might be the winners and losers in this process.
This project aims to advance understanding of SG deployment and utilisation through a programme of novel empirical research, developing and evaluating a number of socio-technical scenarios. Particular consideration will be given to key transition points – rather than mere end points – in alternative possible scenarios, and spatial differences in the deployment of SGs and related technologies, from the imminent 2020 target to 2050. The work will build the interaction of different actors into the scenario-development process to incorporate pace and scalability of technology deployment, cost and finance, organisational business models involved, regulatory style, the role of users, and international drivers and linkages.
For further information about this project, contact Nazmiye Ozkan.