Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Accenture wins contract from U.K.’s Department of Energy and Climate Change

Management consulting firm Accenture has won a contract to provide strategic support on smart grid roll out to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The UK Government has set high goals for the reduction of carbon emissions and deployment of smart grids will play a pivotal role in achieving these targets. Accenture was selected because it brings a lot of experience to the table. The consultancy has deployed smart grids and smart meters in cities in Europe, North America and Asia.

Smart grids help energy and utility organizations manage distributed sources of renewable energy (wind farms, biomass plants) in the most efficient way. By distributing power optimally, the grids also reduce wasted power generation and network losses.

Omar Abbosh, managing director of Accenture’s Resources operating group in the U.K. and Ireland, said, "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. 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."

Accenture also provides support to the cities and utilities that use smart grids through its Intelligent City Network initiative, which helps organizations committed to building smart grids exchange experience and knowledge.

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