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Global Smart Grids Federation stresses value of collaboration

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The Global Smart Grid Federation has stressed the importance of smart grid collaboration. (Getty Images)
The Global Smart Grid Federation has stressed the importance of smart grid collaboration. (Getty Images)

Speaking the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi this week, representatives from the Global Smart Grid Federation have stressed the importance of collaboration between the private sector and global governments in deploying smart grids around the world.

Demonstrating how collaboration on policies could increase investment in worldwide smart grids, Guido Bartels, chairman on GSGF, said: “Regulators and consumer organisations have to get involved from the outset, especially in deployment to make sure they understand and benefit from smart grids. We must become adept at reviewing and adjusting our policy and market models as technologies evolve and provide new options and opportunites for business and customers.”

“Although the smart grid has a technical focus, we must make private sector involvement a priority,” he added.

GSGF also contributed to a International Energy Agency Technology Roadmap on smart grids, which is designed to emphasise the connection between collaboration and strong policy outcomes and investments.
 

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