Accenture selected to support U.K. smart grid rollout


Omar Abbosh, MD,
Accenture’s Resources
operating group in
U.K. and Ireland
London, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — October 14, 2009 – The U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has selected Accenture to provide strategic consulting on the planning and implementation of smart grids in the U.K.

Accenture will be responsible for analyzing the U.K.’s electricity grid network and market structure, and will advise on the country’s readiness to adopt smart grid technology and services. Accenture will also support the DECC on the development of a business case showing the financial viability of smart grids in the U.K. and on the potential benefits that they could deliver.

“The U.K. government has some of the most ambitious emissions targets in the world and smart grids will be play a central in achieving them, by helping to reduce electricity consumption and by better managing intermittent renewable sources,” said Omar Abbosh, managing director of Accenture’s Resources operating group in the U.K. and Ireland. “Smart grids are a national priority but will be built locally. As such, city authorities will play a major part in making smart grids the basis for low carbon living, working and transport.”

In its low carbon transition plan which was released in July the U.K. government committed itself to developing a smart grid as part of its plan to transition to a low carbon future. Subsequently a call for evidence on the potential of various measures including the smart grid in delivering secure, low carbon electricity was issued, which closes on October 28 (see U.K. government calls for evidence on smart grids in delivering secure low carbon electricity).