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A smart and flexible energy system

As part of the commitment to building a 21st century energy infrastructure, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Ofgem are working together to ensure the energy system can respond to the latest challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities offered by new innovative technologies and services.

Objectives of the consultation

A smart, flexible energy system offers significant benefits for consumers and the economy, helping us use energy more flexibly and increasing the efficiency of the whole energy system. Consumers are at the heart of the development of this system, which can give them choice and control over how they use electricity, including any that they generate themselves.

This call for evidence set out the intended approach to realising such a system and invited views on how to develop the energy system so that it is smart and flexible, and captures benefits for consumers and businesses. The Government's approach is firmly rooted in enabling competition and markets to deliver on price, quality and choice, and enabling flexible solutions to compete with each other and with more traditional solutions.

This call for evidence concluded on 12 January 2017.

Supporting papers

To download the consultation document, please follow the link below.

CIBSE response

CIBSE did not submit a response to this consultation as there were no significant comments from CIBSE Members.

Results of the consultation and next steps

The responses to this call for evidence, as well as wider engagement, will help shape a plan that the Government expects to publish in spring 2017. This plan will set out the specific actions that will need to be taken to remove barriers, improve price signals, catalyse innovation, and shape roles and responsibilities in the shift to a smart, more flexible energy system which meets the needs of consumers and businesses now and in the future.