In December 2010, U.K. Power Networks was awarded £24.26 million from the Low Carbon Network fund to lead the Low Carbon London project. The project, which is being managed with support from CGI (formerly Logica), and close involvement of 11 other partners is designed to generate learning, insights that will be shared with the DNO, and wider energy industry community. The key concept is to explore how innovative smart metering and smart grid technologies combined with consumer involvement and demand-side management can prepare the distribution network to serve a low carbon city. The project which was scheduled to take three and a half years is currently approaching the end of the second year. It is currently in the equipment and recruitment phase and is devoting substantial efforts to support recruitment, which should be completed by the end of the year. The majority of trials are expected to begin in 2013.
"This pioneering project is taking the smart grid concept to the consumer, using London as a test bed and one of the major economic hubs of Europe," said Daniella Muallem, senior research analyst, IDC Energy Insights. "Although the final results are still not in, the sharing of ongoing learning from completed DR trials, and challenges with consumer engagement is already adding value for the DNO community. The final analysis will provide further valuable insight on technology performance and consumer behavior."