International program helps development of energy efficient networks


John BakerCapenhurst, U.K. — (METERING.COM) — November 9, 2006 – A new five-year international cooperation and collaboration program, supported by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been launched to help countries worldwide develop more energy efficient and resilient electricity transmission and distribution networks.

The new IEA Implementing Agreement – called ENARD (Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development) – is focusing on developing and sharing new technologies and best practice, to help tackle challenges in energy supply and demand. Eight IEA member countries have already signed up to the agreement.

John Baker of EA Technology, which has been appointed the ENARD Annex I operating agents, says: “The ENARD mission is to create a high level international forum for exchanging information, research and analysis, and undertaking collaborative R&D on a wide range of T&D network issues.

“Our vision is to help operators and governments across the world improve the performance of their T&D networks. The results will include enhanced energy efficiency, lower costs and greater reliability and availability of electricity to end users. Above all, ENARD will act as an unbiased and authoritative international source of information, expertise and advice for governments, policy-makers and industry stakeholders.”

The ENARD web site is currently under construction.