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Ofgem awards £57m grid efficiency studies

Ofgem has awarded £57m to projects designed to improve the efficiency of local power grids as Britain seeks to connect more renewable energy generators

The projects sharing the funds include installing electric storage batteries in homes, schools and offices, using “latent” network capacity and testing new smart grid technologies, according to a statement on Ofgem’s website.

The money comes from Ofgem’s 500 million-pound Low Carbon Networks Fund and the results will be shared among all local grid companies, Ofgem said in the statement.

“Britain’s energy grids need to undergo a revolution in how they are run so they can connect more renewable generators and a range of low carbon technologies such as ground source heat pumps,” Rachel Fletcher, Ofgem’s acting senior partner for smarter grids, governance and distribution, said in the statement. The U.K. wants 15 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020.

“There is a significant opportunity for companies to contain the cost of this transition by making better use of existing capacity and exploring the scope to use demand side response,” Fletcher said.