IBM joins SmartGrid GB to champion development of a nationwide Smart Grid

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LONDON, UK - 24 Jun 2011: IBM (NYSE:IBM) announces it has joined SmartGrid GB, a new cross industry body set up to act as a national champion to promote the development and delivery of smart grid in Great Britain.

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The implementation of smart grid is the fundamental building block for the Smarter Energy transformation Britain needs to ensure a secure energy future. It will transform the way energy is generated, distributed and consumed. IBM is proud to currently chair SmartGrid GB and support its aims to promote the consumer, environmental and economic benefits that the accelerated deployment of smart grid infrastructure will bring to Great Britain.

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"We welcome the establishment of SmartGrid GB and are proud to be part of an organisation which aims to continue transforming the way we use and consume energy, said Stephen Leonard, Chief Executive, IBM UK and Ireland. “IBM's work in smart grids started more than 10 years ago in the UK when consultants laid the ground work for IBM's leadership. We have since built on that early thought leadership and are now as a result involved in more then 150 smart grid projects around the world.

“No one organisation can achieve this on their own and there is a growing need for collaboration across the public and private sector to create a shared vision. SmartGrid GB aims to create this vision and a common strategy to understand and develop the country's energy system."

SmartGrid GB will bring together key players from across the energy sector, ICT companies, environmental organisations, government, regulators and consumer groups highlighting the level of support from the industry and how many people see smart grid as a vital part of the country's energy future. The establishment of SmartGrid GB has been led by Intellect, the trade association for the UK’s technology sector and key stakeholders from the utilities industry.

“Britain can’t afford to fall behind its competitors,” said Gavin Jones, Future Energy Lead, IBM UK and Nordics and acting Chair of SmartGrid GB. “SmartGrid GB will set out an ambitious and challenging vision and develop a plan of how we get there. It will bring together the best minds and best ideas and provide a step-change in our engagement with government. This really is a call to arms.”

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SmartGrid GB has also become the newest member of the Global Smart Grid Federation - a global network of like minded organisations from the USA, Japan, India, Ireland, South Korea, Australia and Canada that are committed to sharing ground breaking ideas and best practice.

“Economic growth, energy security and a sustainable energy future are all dependent on drastically modernizing and expanding our electric systems around the world, said Guido Bartels, Chairman, Global Smart Grid Federation and General Manager, Global Energy & Utilities Industry. “We can now see an increasing number of countries recognizing that 'smart grids' are foundational for a successful transition to a carbon free economy.  

Building on its early move in energy market reform, I am delighted to see Great Britain take another leadership position by setting up SmartGrid GB and from the very start also becoming a member of the 'Global Smart Grid Federation', an association of national smart grid organizations.”

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IBM has a long history of expertise in smart grid projects, which range from innovative research projects to full scale deployments. In the UK IBM is currently advising three of the six largest energy retailers on transforming their business in preparation for smart metering. Globally IBM has been involved in more than 150 smart grid programmes in mature and emerging markets. Current global projects include working in Malta to create the first nation-wide smart grid and a pilot project with DONG Energy in Denmark to install remote monitoring and control devices to gain information about the state of the grid.

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